ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Striking twice in the opening period, the Mammoths were unable to hold off the home team through the final 40 minutes of play as the Amherst College men's hockey team was edged by Nazareth College, 3-2 Saturday afternoon at the Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 2-7-1 on the season, while Nazareth improves to 7-4-2 overall. Kicking off a five-game conference road slate next Friday, January 10, the Mammoths get back to NESCAC action with a 7:00PM bout against Colby.
Converting on their first shot on target, senior Greg Krisberg gave the visitors an early 1-0 edge behind his first score of the season and the fourth of his career. Setting up the goal, P.J. Conlon '20 won a faceoff in Golden Flyer territory back to Pieter von Steinbergs '21 who found Krisberg at the point for the score with 16:18 on the clock.
Battling through a roughing penalty unscathed, the Mammoths doubled their advantage 17 seconds after returning to 5-v-5 action, with Christian Powers '23 notching his second goal of the winter. Hitting nylon with 5:29 to go before the break, Powers drove a pass from Connor Merrill '23 past the Nazareth netminder.
Two second period goals by the home team set the stage for the Golden Flyers victory, with Connor Davis and James McDonald each sending shots over the goal line with assists from Owen Kuhns and Ray Falso, respectively, to make it two all entering the final period.
On the power play midway through the third stanza, Falso played hero for Nazareth, potting the man-up score with helpers from Brian Miller and Henry McKinney to lift the Golden Flyers to the 3-2 win.
Making 12 stops in each of the last two periods, Dan Dachille '23 (1-1-1) registered 30 saves for the Mammoths in the losing effort, while Michael Tilford (3-0-1) made 28 stops for Nazareth in the win.
The Golden Flyers owned a slight 33-30 edge in shots on frame in the contest and finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Amherst went 0-for-3 up a skater.