WATERVILLE, Maine – A strong start by the home team that saw three first period goals by the Mules proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College men's hockey team fell to Colby College, 4-1 Friday evening at Alfond Rink.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 2-8-1 on the season and to 1-5-0 in league play, while Colby improves to 5-5-0 overall (2-4-0 NESCAC). The Mammoths return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 10 when they travel to Bowdoin College for a 4:00PM matchup.
Grabbing momentum midway through the opening period, Colby netted three quick goals in an eight-minute span to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
Getting the home team on the board at the 8:23 mark with an unassisted strike, Quinn Doyle capitalized on scrum in front of the net as he got enough on a backhander to sneak the puck into the bottom right corner.
Doubling the Mules' edge just over a minute later, Kienan Scott's turnaround wrister from the right boards trickled through the legs of the Mammoths' netminder before Grillo potted his fourth of the season while on the power play with an assist from Logan Clarke to make it 3-0 Colby.
Looking to turn momentum in the second, senior Patrick Daly needed just 30 seconds break open scoring for the visitors and log his first goal of the season. Forcing a turnover at their offensive blueline, P.J. Conlon's '20 wrister from the top of the left circle was turned away before Daly poked home the rebound as he rolled out of the corner to make it a 3-1 game.
Neither side was able to pot another score until the final minutes, as Mark Leprine tallied an open net goal with 2:14 remaining to lift the Mules to the 41 victory.
Giancarlo Ventre '20 (1-7-0) took the loss in goal for Amherst, making five saves in 9:54, while Dan Dachille '23 (1-1-1) registered 16 stops in 47:51 in relief. Totaling 26 stops, Andrew Tucci (3-5-0) earned the win in between the pipes for the Mules.
The Mammoths owned a slight 27-25 edge in shots on frame in the matchup and went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Colby finished 1-for-5 up a skater.