Jeffs Hold off No. 3/3 Trinity, 3-2

Jeffs Hold off No. 3/3 Trinity, 3-2

AMHERST, Mass. – The 13/12 Amherst College men's hockey team held a 3-1 advantage after two periods and fended off a late rally by No. 3/3 Trinity College to secure a hard-fought, 3-2 victory in Friday evening's NESCAC men's hockey game at Orr Rink.

With the win, Amherst improves to 12-3-2 on the season, 8-3-0 in NESCAC play, while Trinity moves to 14-2-1 overall, 9-1-1 in league action.

In the opening period, Amherst struck first when senior co-captain Jake Turrin potted his third goal of the season at the 9:21 mark following a pair of passes from Kevin Ryder '16 and David White '18 to give the Jeffs an early 1-0 lead. Trinity outshot Amherst, 10-4 in the period and had three power play opportunities, but stellar shot-blocking and a 10-save effort from Danny Vitale '15 kept the score at 1-0 at the first intermission.

In the second stanza, senior co-captain Mike Rowbotham netted his seventh goal of the season just 2:45 into the frame to double the Amherst lead (2-0). Patrick Mooney '18 and Thomas Lindstrom '18 assisted on the goal.

After the Bantams fended off a man-advantage for the Purple & White, Paul Burns scored his second goal of the season – this one a wrist shot on the power play from just outside the right faceoff circle – to cut the Amherst lead to 2-1 at the 10:35 mark. Tyler Whitney and Anthony Sabitsky provided the helpers on the goal.

After neither team was able to score following matching penalties 12:17 into the period, Aaron Deutsch '15 delivered  his fifth marker of the campaign with 54 seconds remaining in the second session to give the Jeffs a 3-1 advantage.

Trinity, which was outshot 9-8 in the second frame by Amherst, ramped up its pressure on the Jeffs' goal in the third period, outshooting the Jeffs, 17-6 in the final 20 minutes. Ethan Holdaway found the back of the net for the third time this year following assists from Greg Rooney and Conor Coveney to set the score at 3-2 at the 6:39 mark of the frame.

With neither team able to take advantage of a late power play opportunity, Vitale staved off the Bantams' final onslaught, making 16 of his 33 saves in the third period, to help seal the 3-2 victory.

Coveney, Sabitsky, Liam McKillop and Elie Vered led Trinity with four shots on goal each, while Nathaniel Heilbron (10-2-1) made 16 saves in the losing effort.

Vitale improved to 5-2-2 between the pipes for the Jeffs after a 33-save effort, while Lindstrom led Amherst with three shots on goal.

The Purple & White returns to NESCAC action on Saturday, Jan. 31 when it hosts Wesleyan University at 3 p.m. at Orr Rink.