HARTFORD, Conn. – Striking twice in the third period, a score by Patrick Daly '20 with 1:04 remaining in regulation proved decisive as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team upended fourth-ranked Trinity College, 2-1, in dramatic fashion Friday evening at the Koeppel Community Sports Center.
With the victory, Amherst extends its unbeaten streak to five games and improves to 6-9-2 on the season and to 4-6-1 in league play, while Trinity falls to 12-4-1 overall (7-3-1 NESCAC). The Mammoths are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 1 when they travel to Little III foe Wesleyan University for a 3:00PM clash.
The sides came out ready to play in the first period, combining for 10 shots in the first five minutes. Evenly matched throughout the majority of the stanza, the Mammoths earned a handful of opportunities while on the power play with five minutes on the clock, but were unable to break open scoring.
Grabbing a 1-0 edge 1:54 before intermission, Liam Feeney found the back of the net off a centering pass from Cole Poliziani to put Trinity ahead after 20 minutes of action.
Stellar play in between the pipes in the second period kept the score at 1-0, with Giancarlo Ventre '20 racking up 16 stops for the visitors and Tedy Loughborough turning away nine shots for the Bantams.
Getting on the board to deadlock the sides at one all with 14:32 remaining in the third period, sophomore Stephen Rex tallied his first goal of the winter with assists from Pieter von Steinbergs '21 and Joey Verkerke '23. Converting on a power play chance after a Trinity cross-checking penalty, Rex ripped a low, hard shot from the right side into the opposite corner.
With the clock ticking down and free hockey on the horizon, it was Daly who pulled out the late-game heroics for the Mammoths, with the forward potting his fourth of the year and the game-winner with 1:04 to go. Racing down the right boards and putting a shot on frame from the top of the circle, Daly's wrister deflected off the Bantams' netminder and trickled over the goal line to help hand Trinity its third straight loss.
Ventre (3-7-0) finished the night with 35 saves to earn the win for Amherst, while Loughborough (8-3-1) made 36 stops for the Bantams in the losing effort.
Propelled by a 16-12 edge in the third, the Mammoths owned a 38-36 advantage in shots on target and finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while Trinity went 0-for-6 up a skater.