Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Archrival Wiliams, 4-3

Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Archrival Wiliams, 4-3

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Connor Girard '18 racked up 19 saves and the Purple & White recorded three power play goals, however the Amherst College men's ice hockey team could not respond to two third period goals by the Ephs as they fell to archrival Williams College, 4-3 Friday evening at Lansing-Chapman Ice Rink.

With the loss, Amherst falls to 3-3-1 on the season and to 0-3-1 in the NESCAC, while Williams improves to 3-2-1 overall (3-1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 10 when they travel to Middlebury College for a 3 p.m. conference bout.

Both sides took advantage of their power play opportunities in a physical matchup, with six goals, including all three goals in the opening period, being logged while up a skater.

Williams claimed a 1-0 lead 6:28 into the tilt. Corralling the loose puck behind the net, Luke Stickel dished a backhand pass to an open Colby Cretella on the far side who one-timed a shot over the pad of the sliding Amherst netminder.

The Ephs doubled their lead three minutes later following an Amherst interference penalty as C. J. Shugart tallied his fourth goal of the season. Redirecting a snap shot by James McNamara at the left point, Shugart beat Girard top shelf.

Decreasing the Purple & White deficit to one, David White '18 found netting with 8:14 on the clock to make it a 2-1 contest. Sending a cross-ice pass, Tyler Granara '18 connected with White on the right faceoff dot who ripped a wrist shot over the pad of the Williams goalkeeper.

Notching his second goal of the game, White evened the score at 2-2 11:54 into the second period. Up a skater, White blasted a slap shot from the top of the right circle off of a defender and into the nylon.

Giving the Purple & White their first lead of the contest, Granara found the back of the net less than two minutes later put Amherst ahead, 3-2. Still on the power play, Granara blasted a low shot from the left side into the bottom right corner of the goal. 

Williams responded seven minutes into the third period, with Roberto Cellini registering a short-handed tally to deadlock the game at 3-3 with 12:43 on the clock. Splitting the Purple & White defense to earn a breakaway, Cellini deked to his forehand before sending a shot past the pad of Girard. 

On the power play following a clipping penalty against Amherst, David Italiano logged what proved to be the game winner at the 13:05 mark. Gathering his own rebound after his initial shot was turned away, Italiano roofed a wrister into the top right corner of the goal. 

GAME NOTES

  • Girard (1-3-1) made 19 stops in between the pipes for the Purple & White, while Michael Pinios (3-2-1) recorded 23 saves for the Ephs in the win.
  • Amherst owned a slight advantage in shots on goal, edging Williams 26-23.
  • Both sides saw success on the power play, with Amherst finishing 3-for-5 and the Ephs going 3-for-6.
  • With five shots, Jack Fitzgerald '19 led the Purple & White offense, while Thomas Lindstrom'18 put three shots on frame.
  • Italiano took five shots to lead the Ephs, while George Hunkele and Shugart added three shots on goal each.