Wrenn Nets Late Equalizer as Mammoths Battle Hamilton to 2-2 Draw

Wrenn Nets Late Equalizer as Mammoths Battle Hamilton to 2-2 Draw

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Mammoths went score-for-score with the home team, including the equalizer with 2:49 remaining in regulation, as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team and Hamilton College skated to a 2-2 overtime tie Friday evening at Russell Sage Rink.

With the draw, Amherst moves to 4-9-2 on the season and to 3-6-1 in league play, while Hamilton moves to 5-6-4 overall (4-4-1 NESCAC). Amherst next hits the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 25 when they return to Orr Rink to host non-conference foe Worcester State beginning at 3:00PM.

Getting the Continentals on the board, Nick Ursitti gave the home team a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period with assists from Andrew Court and Jordi Jefferson. Controlling possession inside Mammoths' territory, Court shook his defender in the right corner and sent a short dish to Ursitti at the nearside hashmarks who one-timed a shot through the legs of Amherst's netminder.  

Responding seven minutes later, the Mammoths evened the score at one all behind first-year Connor Merrill's third goal of the winter. Racing towards frame on a 3-v-3 fast break, Merrill collected a pass from Mitchell Shults '22 near the right dot and ripped a laser into the top corner, short-side. 

Retaking the lead after intermission, Sterling Bray put the Continentals back up on top 5:13 into the second stanza. Executing on a 2-v-1 rush, Joey Moore hit Bray in the slot who snuck a shot around the leg of the outstretched keeper.

Pulling the sides back into a deadlock late in the third period, Sean Wrenn '22 tallied his second of the season to set the score at 2-2 after 60 minutes of action. Hitting nylon with 2:49 remaining in regulation, Amherst went the length of the ice and used three quick stick-to-stick passes to give Wrenn space in the slot to power a snap shot off the glove of Anthony Tirabassi and over the goal line.

The Mammoths owned a 4-2 edge in shots on target in overtime and Dan Dachille '23 came up with a fantastic pad stop on a breakaway attempt by Fred Allaire with 2:14 on the clock, but neither side was able to pot the game-winner before the final buzzer.

In between the pipes, both Dachille (3-2-2) and Tirabassi (4-3-3) registered 20 saves in the draw for their respective teams.