Roche Nets Game-Winner as Amherst Defeats Conn. College, 2-1

Roche Nets Game-Winner as Amherst Defeats Conn. College, 2-1

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Max Roche tallied the game-winner with 13:04 remaining in regulation as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team edged Connecticut College, 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena. 

With the win, Amherst improves to 12-6-3 on the season to to 7-6-3 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 4-15-2 overall (2-12-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to Orr Rink on Friday, Feb. 17 when they welcome archrival Williams College to the Pioneer Valley for a 7 p.m. conference battle.

Connecticut College's leading point-getters made a bid to give the Camels a one-goal edge 4:07 into the opening period as they raced into the offensive end on a 3-v-2. Firing a shot on frame from the left dot, Brian Belisle attempt and Joe Giordano play on the rebound were both stonewalled by Connor Girard '18. 

Proving to be a dangerous scoring threat in his rookie campaign, first-year Patrick Daly found the back of the net for his 11th goal of the season with 11:23 on the clock.

Corralling the loose puck at the top of the right circle following a blocked shot, Daly rifled a high wrist shot on target. Camel netminder Connor Rodericks was up to the initial task as he got his glove on the attempt, however the puck fell to the ice and trickled over the goal line to give Purple & White a 1-0 lead.  

Knotting the game at 1-1 with time ticking down in the second period, Giordano potted his second score of the year with 1:19 remaining in the stanza. One-timing a pass from Belisle on the far post, Giordano slid the puck past Girard.

Retaking the lead 6:56 into the third period, Roche recorded what stood as the game-winner to put Amherst ahead 2-1. Staying with the loose puck, Roche blasted a low hard shot from the right dot through the legs of the Camel goalkeeper.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Girard (7-6-3) registered 22 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Rodericks (1-5-1) made 26 stops in the loss.
  • Amherst owned a 28-23 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
  • Neither team saw success on the power play, with both sides finishing 0-for-2.