Lindstrom Nets Game-Winner, No.13 Amherst Downs No.8/7 Hamilton, 2-1 (OT)

Lindstrom Nets Game-Winner, No.13 Amherst Downs No.8/7 Hamilton, 2-1 (OT)

AMHERST, Mass. – Junior Thomas Lindstrom tallied the game-winner with 1:51 remaining in the extra session as the No. 13 Amherst College men's ice hockey team defeated No. 8/7 Hamilton College in overtime, 2-1 Friday evening at Orr Rink.

With the win, Amherst improves to 10-3-1 on the year and to 6-3-1 in league action, while Hamilton falls to 11-2-2 overall (6-2-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 21 when they travel to Assumption College for a 6:35 p.m. non-conference tilt.

Getting out to a fast start, Amherst nearly claimed a one goal edge 12 seconds into the matchup following a dump in. Beating the Hamilton netminder to the puck behind the goal, P.J. Conlon '20 sent a quick shot on target, however Evan Buitenhuis was just able to scramble back into position and get his glove on the attempt.

Keeping the game in a scoreless tie, Connor Girard '19 came up with a big save for the Purple & White with 10:07 on the clock, cutting down the angle and stonewalling a well-placed attempt from Brandon Willett from the top of the left circle.

First on the scoreboard, Hamilton took a 1-0 lead just over a minute later, with Tyler Bruneteau tallying his fifth goal of the year at the 8:56 mark. Gaining inside positioning on a defender in the slot, Bruneteau tipped a slap shot from Brad Smelstor past Girard.

Amherst's final bid to even the score in the opening stanza came with 3:22 to play, as Conlon earned a scoring opportunity on a set play following a faceoff in the offensive end. Ripping a wrist shot on target from the top of the circle through traffic, Buitenhuis came up with the stop, making a kick save on the attempt.  

Owning a dominative 13-3 edge in shots on frame in second period, Amherst evened the contest at 1-1 at the 6:17 mark. Continuing their dominance on the power play this season, Conlon netted his third goal of the year, gathering a pass from Patrick Mooney '18 on the left post and quickly sending a shot through the legs of the Continental netminder. 

Neither team was able to find the back of the goal in a scoreless third period despite both sides logging solid scoring opportunities.

Racing down the left boards at the 13:17 mark, Jon Carkeek almost notched the go-ahead score, sending a shot from the bottom of the left circle off the near post.

Chris Roll '17 responded for the Purple & White three minutes later, stealing the puck from a defender and powering a snap shot on target from the slot, but the Continental goalkeeper proved up to task.

Netting his team-leading 10th goal of the season, Lindstrom lifted Amherst to the 2-1 overtime victory with 1:51 remaining in the matchup. Entering the offensive zone on a 4-on-2, Patrick Daly '20 dished a pass to Lindstrom near the top of the left circle who ripped a wrist shot over the glove of Buitenhuis.

GAME NOTES

  • Girard (6-3-1) racked up 22 stops in goal for the Purple & White in the win, while Buitenhuis (9-2-2) recorded 28 saves in the losing effort.
  • Amherst owned a 30-23 edge in shot differential, including a 13-3 advantage in the second period.
  • On the power play, the Purple & White finished 1-for-2, while the Continentals went 0-for-4 up a skater.