AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 5/9 Amherst College men's ice hockey team played to a hard-fought, 2-2 overtime tie with No. 14/13 Williams College in Friday evening's NESCAC and Little III showdown at Orr Rink.
Williams (5-1-1, 4-0-1)
Amherst (3-1-3, 2-0-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst drew first blood when Thomas Lindstrom '18 netted a goal 12 minutes into the contest to give the Purple & White a 1-0 lead.
- Williams answered with a power play goal at the 16:16 mark of the first frame as Colby Cretella was able to capitalize on the Ephs' sustained pressure during the man advantage.
- The Ephs then forged ahead at the 14:34 mark of the second period when C.J. Shugart was able to deposit a goal to give the visitors a 2-1 edge.
- In the third period, Amherst evened the contest when Jack Fitzgerald '19 redirected a shot by Kevin Ryder '16 into the back of the net to set the score at 2-2 at the 8:11 mark.
- Amherst was able to get a shot on target in overtime, but neither team was able to find the winning goal as the contest ended in a 2-2 tie.
- In a tightly contested first period, Amherst held a slight advantage in shots on goal, 4-3 midway through the period.
- At the 11:56 mark, the Purple & White broke the scoreless tie when Lindstrom lit the lamp for his third goal of the season. Fitzgerald, who dumped the puck into the Amherst offensive zone, and Topher Flanagan '16 provided the assists on the play.
- Shortly after another rush by Amherst, Williams went on the power play. Zander Masucci and Shugart fired quick shots on net, but Purple & White goalie Dave Cunningham '16 was able to steer the attempts aside. A loose puck in front of the goal was then cleared aside by a diving Tyler Granara '18 to keep the score at 1-0.
- Moments later and still on the man-advantage, the Ephs broke through when Cretella ripped a shot around a defender at the 16:16 mark to level the game at 1-1. Roberto Cellini notched the assist on the play.
- After Williams killed off a power play opportunity early in the second frame that featured tremendous zone time by Amherst, the Ephs were awarded a power play of their own. David Italiano blasted three shots on goal, but Cunningham was able to thwart the attack keeping the game deadlocked at 1-1.
- With 8:12 remaining in the second stanza, Dan Doherty had a breakaway down the left wing and drilled a shot towards the right corner of the net, but a quick glove by Cunningham halted the threat.
- Minutes later, Will Vosejpka '18 had a great look at goal but the Noah Klag fended off the shot. The rebound fell to Fitzgerald who also fired his shot on target, but Klag was there to stave off the attempt.
- At the 14:34 mark, Williams took the lead when Shugart scored following helpers from Cellini and Italiano as the Ephs held a 2-1 lead after two periods.
- At the 8:11 mark of the third period, the Purple & White equalized when Fitzgerald tipped in a blast from the point by Ryder to make it 2-2. Patrick Arena '16 was credited with the second assist on Fitzgerald's second goal of the season.
- Two minutes later, Amherst went on the power play and created several chances, as Chris Roll '17 hit the pipe and had another shot saved, while Arena, Phil Johansson '19, and Max Roche '19 each laced shots on goal. Klag was able to turn away all four attempts keeping the game knotted at 2-2.
- In the waning minutes of regulation, Lindstrom had a blast from the left point but Klag gloved the shot to force a five-minute overtime period.
- In the extra session, Amherst had the better opportunities at the game-winner as Mooney's drive from the point found its way to Klag, while four other shots by the Purple & White were blocked by the Williams defense.
- Williams held a 31-25 advantage in shots on goal led by Italiano who had five. Four Amherst players registered three shots on frame.
- Both goalies were stellar between the pipes as Cunningham finished with 29 saves, including 15 in the second period, while Klag made 11 of his 23 stops in the third stanza.
- Amherst closes out the 2015 portion of its schedule tomorrow afternoon when it hosts league rival Middlebury College at 3 p.m. at Orr Rink.
- Williams returns to the ice Saturday afternoon at Hamilton College. Game time is set for 3 p.m. in Clinton, N.Y.