Goals by Fitzgerald, Bondra Not Enough as Amherst Falls to No. 6 Trinity, 5-2

Goals by Fitzgerald, Bondra Not Enough as Amherst Falls to No. 6 Trinity, 5-2

HARTFORD, Conn. – Scores by Jack Fitzgerald '19 and Nick Bondra '21 were not enough for the Mammoths as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to No. 6 Trinity College, 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Koeppel Community Center.

With the loss, Amherst falls to 7-7-4 on the season and to 4-4-4 in league play, while Trinity improves to 13-3-2 overall (10-1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to Orr Rink for the first time in nine contests on Friday, Feb. 2 when they host Bowdoin for a 7 p.m. conference matchup.

A back-and-forth opening period ended in exciting fashion as the two sides combined for three scores in the final 2:33. 

Trinity capitalized on a chaotic scrum in front of the net following an initial stop on a breakaway opportunity, as Mark Knowlton got his stick on the puck to give the Bantams a 1-0 lead at the 17:27 mark. 

Doubling the home team's advantage 1:40 later, Barclay Gammill redirected Nicholas Fiorentino's shot from the right point into the top left corner of the net to put Trinity ahead, 2-0. 

The Mammoths needed just 11 seconds to record a power play score following a Bantam roughing penalty, with Fitzgerald notching his fourth goal of the winter to bring Amherst back within one with 5.5 seconds remaining in the period. Setting up on the left dot, Fitzgerald one-timed a cross-ice dish from Patrick Mooney '18 over the pad of the sliding Trinity netminder.

The Bantams tallied two more scores in the second stanza to take a 4-1 lead into the final 20 minutes of regulation, as Adam Anderson sent a backhander over the glove of the Amherst keeper off a rebound at the 11:20 mark and Barclay Gammill added a power play score with 5:36 on the clock as he one-timed a shot from the high slot over the goal line, five-hole.

Knowlton extended Trinity's lead to 5-1 midway through the third period. Gathering a bouncing puck just inside the blue line, Knowlton ripped an uncontested wrist shot from the hashes into the top left corner.

First-year Bondra logged what stood as the final Amherst score at the 18:54 mark as he powered a shot from the left dot off the glove of the Trinity goalie and into the back of the net.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Connor Girard '18 (4-4-4) made 31 saves in 54:15 in the losing effort for Amherst, while Michael Cullen '21 registered one stop in the final 5:45. Alex Morin (11-3-2) racked up 26 saves for Trinity in the win.
  • The Bantams owned a 37-28 advantage in shot differential despite the Mammoths holding a 15-6 edge in the third period.
  • Both sides converted on the power play, with Amherst going 1-for-5 up a skater and Trinity finishing 1-for-3.