WELLESLEY, Mass. – Three different Mammoths found the back of the net as the Amherst College men's hockey team struck twice in the third period to hand No. 11/13 Babson College its second loss of the season, 3-2 Sunday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-2-0 on the year, while Babson falls to 7-2-1 overall. Amherst returns to action this Friday, Nov. 30 when they travel to Little III rival Wesleyan for a 7 p.m. conference clash.
First on the board, Christian Faggas put the home team ahead 1-0 midway through the opening period with an assist from Matt Brazel. Capitalizing on a 2v-1 opportunity, Brazel dished a pass to Faggas at the top of the right circle who found success glove side.
Deadlocking the contest at 1-1 at the 11:25 mark in the second period, senior Steven Mallory netted his first score of the winter. Corralling the loose puck at the left dot, Mallory sent a perfectly placed wrist shot through traffic and into the top right corner of the net.
Earning their first lead of the battle 41 seconds into the third stanza, Joey Lupo '20 gave the Mammoths a 2-1 edge with an assist from Nick Bondra '21. Setting up the scoring play with an aggressive forecheck, Bondra deflected the puck away from a Beavers' defender and into the slot to Lupo who one-timed a slap shot off the Babson keeper and over the goal line.
Grabbing a two-goal cushion with 12:16 remaining in regulation, Jack Lloyd '21 potted what stood as the game-winner to put Amherst ahead 3-1. Winning the faceoff at the left dot in the offensive zone, P.J. Conlon '20 drew the puck back to Lloyd on the right wing who blasted a shot over the shoulder of the Babson netminder, blocker side.
Getting back into striking distance with 5:53 on the clock, Stevie DeForge sent a wrister into the nylon to make it 3-2 with time winding down. Zach Richterman and Brazel were credited with the assists on the play.
Coming through in the clutch for Amherst in the final seconds, Michael Cullen '21 registered a highlight reel save for the Mammoths with 33 seconds to play, robbing Ryan Black of a score on a point-blank attempt from the left post.
In between the pipes, Cullen (2-0-0) racked up 31 stops for the Amherst in the winning effort, while Bryan Botcher (3-1-1) made 30 saves for Babson in the loss.
In a fast-paced and tightly contested matchup, both sides put 33 shots on target. The Mammoths finished 0-for-2 up a skater, while the Beavers went 0-for-4 on the power play.