Girard Logs Career-High 42 Stops as No.12/12 Amherst Ties No.14/15 Trinity,1-1

Girard Logs Career-High 42 Stops as No.12/12 Amherst Ties No.14/15 Trinity,1-1

AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White led for 40 minutes of action and Connor Girard '18 racked up a career-high 42 saves in between the pipes, however they were unable to net the game-winner as the No. 12/12 Amherst College men's ice hockey team played No. 14/15 Trinity College to a 1-1 overtime draw Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.

With the tie, Amherst moves to 11-3-3 on the season and to 6-3-3 in league play, while Trinity moves to 10-5-3 overall (6-4-2 NESCAC). The first of four consecutive road games, Amherst returns to action on Friday, Feb. 3 when they travel to Bowdoin College for a 7 p.m. conference tilt.

Bantam Tyler Whitney nearly opened scoring 1:10 into the matchup, as he rushed into the offensive zone and put a low hard shot on frame, but Girard proved up to the task as he made the kick save.

First to strike, Amherst claimed a 1-0 edge 4:48 into the first period. Collecting a pass from Thomas Lindstrom '18 in the slot and sending a quick shot on target, David White's '18 initial attempt was turned away, but White gathered his own rebound and buried a snap shot five-hole to tally his seventh goal of the season.

Poking the puck away from a Purple & White skater on his defensive blue line, Sean Orlando earned a breakaway with time winding down, but the clock proved to be on the Purple &White's side as the buzzer sounded before Orlando could make a bid to even the score.  

Looking to pad Amherst's lead midway through the second stanza, Greg Krisberg '20 nearly found nylon at the 10:07 mark as the Purple & White threatened on an odd-man rush. Streaking down the right boards, Lindstrom connected with Kristberg in the high slot who powered a wrist shot on goal, but Morin came up with the clutch glove save.

Holding momentum, Phil Johansson '19 almost set up a scoring play for the Purple & White with 2:55 on the clock as he blasted a slap shot from the point towards net. Getting his eyes on the puck through traffic, Morin stonewalled the attempt and was able to bat away the rebound as Steven Mallory '19 crashed the goal to keep the Bantam deficit at 1-0.

Breaking through 4:36 into the final stanza to knot the contest at 1-1, Orlando netted his 11th score the year for Trinity. Finding the rebound at the bottom of the left circle after a stop by Girard, Orlando slid a wrist shot through the legs of the Amherst netminder as he attempted to regain positioning. Ethan Holdaway was credited with the assist on the tying tally.

Amherst and Trinity traded opportunities before the end of regulation, but both goalkeepers held strong as the third period closed in a 1-1 tie to force overtime.

Patrick Daly '20 had the Purple & White's best opportunity of the extra session at the 4:20 mark, as a set faceoff play earned him a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle, but his attempt was turned away.

Trinity's final attempt to secure the win came with 2:10 on the clock with Barclay Gammill redirecting a hard cross-ice pass on net, but Girard got his stick on the shot and safely played the puck into the corner as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

GAME NOTES

  • In goal, Girard (6-3-3) racked up 42 saves for the Purple & White, while Morin (8-5-3) recorded 26 stops for Trinity.
  • The Bantams owned a 43-27 edge in shot differential behind a strong first period.
  • Neither team converted on the power play, with Amherst finishing 0-for-2 and Trinity going 0-for-5.