Jeffs Power Past Bowdoin, 4-2

Jeffs Power Past Bowdoin, 4-2

AMHERST, Mass. – The 14th-ranked Amherst College men's hockey team used a pair of goals from Austin Ho '17 and 45 saves from goalie Dave Cunningham '16 to give the Jeffs a hard-fought, 4-2 victory over No. 11/13 Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.

With the win, Amherst improves to 9-2-2 overall, 5-2-0 in NESCAC action, while Bowdoin moves to 7-3-2 on the season, 3-3-2 in league play.

Bowdoin controlled the pace of play in the first period firing 22 shots on target compared to nine from Amherst. At the 9:29 mark of the opening stanza, Ho registered his second goal of the season past goaltender Peter Cronin to give the Jeffs an early 1-0 lead. David White '18 and Mike Cashman '15 assisted on the play.

At the 14:02 mark of the first frame, Bowdoin was whistled for slashing, and just three seconds into the power play, senior co-captain Jake Turrin blasted a shot past Cronin after Conor Brown '16 won the faceoff to give the Purple & White a 2-0 advantage.

The Polar Bears surging offensive output finally paid off with just 22 seconds left in the period as Matthew Lison netted his eighth goal of the campaign following a tripping penalty against Amherst to set the score at 2-1 at the first intermission. Daniel McMullan and Connor Quinn assisted on the goal.

In a tightly contested second period that saw Bowdoin narrowly edge the Jeffs in shots on goal, 9-7, Amherst increased its advantage to 4-1 thanks to Brown's sixth goal of the season on assists from Topher Flanagan '16 and Keenan Hodgson '18 at the 5:34 mark; followed by a breakaway goal from Ho just 1:08 later. Cashman provided the helper on Ho's second marker of the game (and third of the season). Cunningham, who made 21 saves in the first period, added nine stops in the second as the Jeffs held a 4-1 lead at the second intermission.

Bowdoin continued to mount intense pressure on the Purple & White, and Zach Kokosa cut the Polar Bears' deficit in half just 23 seconds into the third stanza with his first goal of the season to set the score at 4-2. Danny Palumbo and McMullan each added an assist on the play.

Bowdoin outshot Amherst, 16-9 in the final period, but Cunningham was phenomenal making 15 more saves to finish with 45 for the contest.

Cronin, who played 26:03 in goal, suffered the loss and finished with nine saves. Max Fenkell entered in relief and made 12 saves in 31:58 of action.

Amherst was 1-for-1 on the man advantage, while Bowdoin was 1-for-2 with the extra man. Lison finished with nine shots on goal for the Polar Bears, while Quinn, John McGinnis and Tim Coffey notched five shots on frame each.

The Jeffs were led by four shots on goal by Cashman, and three each from Brown, Ho and Thomas Lindstrom '18.

Amherst returns to NESCAC play on Friday, Jan. 16 when it hosts Conn. College at 7 p.m. at Orr Rink.