MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – First-year Patrick Daly tallied two goals in the opening period to help lift the Amherst College men's ice hockey team past Middlebury College, 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Arena.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-3-1 overall and to 1-3-1 in league play, while Middlebury falls to 0-8-0 overall (0-6-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action in the New Year, taking on non-conference opponent New England College at home on Monday, Jan. 2 beginning at 7 p.m.
On the power play following an interference penalty against the Panthers, Daly logged his sixth score of the season at the 6:58 mark to give Amherst a 1-0 lead. Gaining space in the right corner, Thomas Lindstrom '18 dished a pass to an open Daly in the slot who one-timed a shot through the legs of the Middlebury goalkeeper.
Doubling the Purple & White lead three minutes later, Daly once again beat Panther netminder Stephen Klein to make it a 2-0 game. Corralling a pass from David White '18 at the right faceoff dot, Daly ripped a wrist shot top shelf with 10:02 on the clock.
Down a skater, Mitchell Allen registered what proved to be Middlebury's lone score of the game just over two minutes later to bring the Panthers back within one. Entering the offensive zone on a 2-v-1, Allen rifled a shot from the top of the left circle through the five-hole to make it a 2-1 contest at the 12:19 mark.
Responding almost immediately, Joey Lupo '20 posted his first collegiate goal to extend Amherst's lead to 3-1 at the 13:04 mark. Beating his defender in a footrace to the puck, Lupo got his stick on Jack Fitzgerald's '19 rebound and sent the puck past Klein's pad and over the goal line.
Allen nearly found the back for the second time 2:10 into the second stanza, gathering a leading pass from Kamil Tkaczuk to earn a breakaway. Firing a shot on net from point blank range, Amherst goalkeeper Connor Girard '18 was up to the task and turned away the attempt.
Sophomore Phil Johansson notched a final insurance tally for the Purple & White with 2:58 remaining in the third period, collecting a rebound in the high slot of his defensive end and powering a shot on target and into an empty net.
- In between the pipes, Girard (2-3-1) recorded 28 saves for Amherst in the win, while Klein (0-6-0) made 25 stops for the Panthers in the losing effort.
- In a back and forth matchup, each side put 29 shots on frame.
- Amherst finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Middlebury went 0-for-5.
- With six shots, Daly led the Purple & White offense, while four other Amherst skaters each took three shots apiece.
- Andrew Neary and Vincent Gisonti each put four shots on goal to lead the Panthers while Brendan Dawson and Allen took three shots each.