Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Tufts, 4-0

Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Tufts, 4-0

MALDEN, Mass. – The Jumbos tallied three quick goals midway through the third period as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to Tufts University, 4-0 Friday evening at Valley Forum. 

With the loss, Amherst moves to 11-6-3 on the year and to 6-6-3 in league play, while Tufts improves to 10-8-3 overall (8-6-1 NESCAC). Amherst next hits the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11 when they travel to Connecticut College from a 3 p.m. conference bout.

Opening the game strong, the Purple & White nearly notched the first score of the contest 2:05 into the first period as Amherst picked off a pass near mid-ice and entered the offensive end on a 3-v-2. Collecting a pass at the top right of the circle, David White '18 fired a low hard shot on frame, however Nik Nugnes just got his stick on the attempt to turn it away.   

Anthony Farinacci netted what proved to be the game-winner 11 seconds into the second period to give Tufts a 1-0 lead. Racing into the zone on a 2-v-1, Brian Brown dished a pass to Farinacci in the slot who redirected the puck into the nylon.   

Tufts took control eight minutes into the final period, logging three goals in a 2:30 span to set the score at 4-0.

Doubling the Jumbos lead to 2-0, Conal Lynch sent the puck over the goal line for the second time winter with 11:56 on the clock. Mike Leary and Nick Flanagan were credited with the assists on the scoring play.

Striking just over a minute later, Jordan Haney notched an unassisted tally at the 9:28 mark to make it a 3-0 contest, before Trevor Davis recorded the game's final goal to extend the Jumbo lead to 4-0 with 9:30 remaining in the third.

GAME NOTES

  • Connor Girard '18 (6-6-3) made 21 stops for the Purple & White in 50:30 in between the pipes, while Adam Ellison '17 recorded five saves in relief. Nugnes (5-4-1) turned away 27 shots for the Jumbos in the winning effort.
  • Tufts owned a slight 30-27 edge in shots on target in the matchup.
  • Neither team saw success on the power play, with Amherst finishing 0-for-2 up a skater and Tufts going 0-for-1.