Mammoths Play No. 11 Hamilton to 2-2 Overtime Draw in Season Opener

Mammoths Play No. 11 Hamilton to 2-2 Overtime Draw in Season Opener

AMHERST MASS. – The Mammoths outshot the Continentals 28-22 and held a one-goal edge with less than five minutes to play in the third period, however a late score by Hamilton deadlocked the battle as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team opened the 2017-18 season with a 2-2 overtime tie against No. 11 Hamilton College at Orr Rink Friday evening.

With the draw, both squads move to 0-0-1 on the season and 0-0-1 in NESCAC play. Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when they host St. Michael's for a 4 p.m. non-conference tilt.

Jason Brochu gave the Continentals a 1-0 lead 5:55 into the contest. Positioning himself in front of the net, Brochu deflected a shot from Bennett Morrison from the top of the left circle past the Amherst keeper and into the nylon.

Tallying his first collegiate goal and the Mammoths' first score of the season 6:34 later, Nick Bondra '21 evened the game at 1-1 with 7:37 on the clock in the first period. After moving the puck around the zone on the power play, Bondra capitalized on a slap shot by Phil Johansson '19 from the point, tipping the puck into the top left corner of the net.

Notching their second power play goal of the matchup early in the second stanza, Thomas Lindstrom '18 made it 2-1 in favor of the home team at the 17:50 mark. Racing into the zone on a 2-on-2, Lindstrom redirected Bondra's snap shot from the left faceoff dot over the shoulder of Evan Buitenhuis.

The next 30 minutes of action featured scoreless play, however Cameron Radziwon was able to log the equalizer for Hamilton with under five minutes to play in regulation. Gathering the loose puck in the right corner, Sam Jones dished a pass to Radziwon on the near post who slid a one-timer over the goal line, short side in the 55th minute to send the game into overtime.

Both teams had a solid scoring chance in OT, however neither side was ultimately able to score the game-winner as the season opening tilt ended in a 2-2 draw.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Connor Girard (0-0-1) registered 26 stops for Amherst, while Buitenhuis (0-0-1) made 20 saves for the Continentals.
  • The Mammoths owned a 28-22 advantage in shots on goal differential in the matchup.
  • Striking twice while up a skater, Amherst finished 2-for-8 on the power play, while Hamilton went 0-for-7.
  • Johansson led all skaters with five shots on target, while five different Amherst players each put three shots on net.
  • With five shots, Cochrane led Hamilton, while four Continentals chipped in two shots apiece.