White’s Third Period Goal With 26 Seconds Left Powers Jeffs Past Tufts, 3-2

White’s Third Period Goal With 26 Seconds Left Powers Jeffs Past Tufts, 3-2

PHOTO GALLERY (by Rob Mattson)

AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 10/11 Amherst College men's hockey team received a pair of goals from David White '18, including what stood as the game-winner with 26 seconds to play in the third period to help lift the Jeffs to a thrilling, 3-2 victory over NESCAC rival Tufts University on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.

With the win, Amherst, ranked 10th in the latest USCHO.com Top 15 Coaches Poll and 11th in the latest D3hockey.com Top 15 Coaches Poll, improves to 10-3-2 overall, 6-3-0 in NESCAC action. Tufts moves to 5-8-1 on the season, 2-5-1 in league play.

In the opening period, White gave Amherst an early 1-0 lead when he struck for his seventh goal of the season at the 7:10 mark after assists from Conor Brown '16 and senior co-captain Jake Turrin. The Jeffs edged Tufts in shots on goal in the first frame, 12-11.

Trailing, 1-0 after the first intermission, Blake Edwards tied the game at 1-1 at the 10:22 mark of the second stanza when he received helpers from Matt Pugh and Brian Brown and finished with his second goal of the season. The lead was short-lived as Amherst first-year forward Thomas Lindstrom cashed in with his second mark of the year just 2:11 later as Brendan Burke '16 and senior co-captain Mike Rowbotham assisted on the play to give the Purple & White a 2-1 lead.

The Jumbo answered through Brian Ouellette who found the back of the net for the third time this year at the 14:53 mark to set the score at 2-2. Patrick Lackey and Mike Leary provided the assists on Ouellette's goal which was the third scoring play in less than five minutes. The Jeffs held a narrow, 13-11 advantage in shots in the second 20-minute period.

In the third frame, neither team was able net the go-ahead goal until White delivered his late-game heroics with just 26 seconds left in regulation. White used a pair of crisp passes from Kevin Ryder '16 and Aaron Deutsch '15 to set the score at 3-2 in favor of the Purple & White.

Tufts, which was outshot, 15-10 in the third period, lifted goalie Mason Pulde for an extra skater for the duration of the contest, but Amherst kept the puck in the neutral zone to preserve the hard-fought victory.

Danny Vitale '15 (3-2-2) earned the win between the pipes making 30 saves on 32 shots faced, while Pulde turned away 37 of the 40 shots on target that he faced. He now stands at 3-6-1 on the season for the Jumbos.

Burke fired nine shots on goal to lead the Jeffs, while Lindstrom and Brown followed with four each. Pugh registered five shots for Tufts, followed by four from Tyler Voigt.

Neither team was able to convert on the man-advantage as the Jumbos finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while Amherst was 0-for-1.

Amherst returns to NESCAC play on Friday, Jan. 23 when it hosts Hamilton College at 7 p.m. at Orr Rink.