AMHERST, Mass. – In an efficient offensive performance, the Purple & White found the back of the net on three of their 18 total shots as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team defeated No. 14 Colby College, 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-3-1 on the season and to 3-3-1 in league play, while Colby falls to 5-4-1 overall (4-3-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 13 when they host Tufts University beginning at 7 p.m.
The Mules claimed a 1-0 lead 9:36 into the matchup as Cam MacDonald converted on Colby's first power play opportunity of the game to tally his third goal of the year. Corralling the loose puck near the left face of dot, EJ Rauseo connected with MacDonald on the far post who redirected the puck top shelf over the pad of the sliding Amherst netminder.
Junior Will Vosejpka nearly netted the tying score five minutes later as he raced into the offensive zone on a 3-on-2, however Andrew Tucci was up to the task and made the glove save on Vosejpka's shot from the bottom of the right circle at the 4:22 mark.
Keeping the Amherst deficit at one with less than two minutes remaining in the opening period, goalkeeper Connor Girard '19 came up big with back-to-back athletic saves. Sliding across the crease, Girard stonewalled Mario Benicky's backdoor shot, before turning away Michael Rudolf's point-blank attempt from the slot.
Deadlocking the score at 1-1 with 1:38 to play, David White '18 notched his third goal of the season on an unassisted tally. Finding the loose puck after a faceoff in the offensive end, White ripped a snap shot past the Colby netminder short side.
Amherst's best chance of the second stanza came with 7:48 on the clock, as P.J. Conlon '20 batted down a centering pass in the low slot and sent a shot on target. Anticipating the play perfectly, Tucci cut down the angle and recorded the stop.
The Mules' Devin Albert almost broke the draw at the 6:35 mark, powering a point blank shot from the bottom of the left circle on frame, but Girard registered the save to close out a scoreless second period.
Netting a goal on the power play, first-year Patrick Daly found nylon for his team-high ninth score of the season 54 seconds into the final period of action to give the Purple & White a 2-1 lead. Collecting junior Thomas Lindstrom's rebound in the right circle following a Tucci pad save, Daly one-timed a shot over the goal line.
Extending Amherst's lead at the 11:16 mark, Will Vosejpka '18 beat the Colby goalkeeper to make it a 3-1 contest. Streaking down the ice on a 2-v-1, Vosejpka gathered a cross ice pass from Joey Lupo '20 on the left side before sending a wrist shot into the net short side.
Battling back, J.P. Schuhlen made it a 3-2 contest with 5:53 to play, gaining inside positioning in the low slot and one-timing a pass from Mark Leprine past Girard.
Colby's final bid to tie the score came with five seconds remaining in regulation as Leprine ripped a shot towards goal from the top left of the circle, but Lindstrom made a sliding block to thwart the attempt and help Amherst secure the 3-2 win.
- In goal, Girard (3-3-1) recorded 31 stops for the Purple & White in the winning effort, while Tucci (5-3-1) made 15 saves for the Mules in the loss.
- Colby owned a 33-18 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
- Both sides converted on the power play, with Amherst finishing a perfect 1-for-1 and Colby going 1-for-4.