WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Mammoths twice got within striking distance with under 10 minutes remaining, however the Ephs responded in kind to hold on to for the win as the Amherst College men's hockey team was downed by archrival Williams College, 4-2 Friday evening at Lansing Chapin Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 3-3-1 on the season and to 1-2-1 in league play, while Williams improves to 4-2-1 overall (3-1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 8 when they travel to Middlebury for a 3 p.m. conference clash.
Following a scoreless opening stanza, the Ephs were first on the board with Nick Altman potting a tally at the 6:48 mark in the second period to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Collecting a dish from Cosimo Lazzarino at mid-ice, Altman raced down the left boards before beating the Mammoths keeper top-shelf blocker side.
Adding to Williams' advantage with 8:17 on the clock, Wyatt Glover made it 2-0 in favor of the Ephs as he capitalized on a 2-v-1 opportunity while short-handed and one-timed a shot from the right post over the goal line.
After the second period break it was Amherst's turn to come out of the locker room steaming, with Stephen Rex '22 cutting Williams' lead in half at the 12:52 mark. Sean Wrenn '22 set up the scoring play as he deflected the puck from behind the net to Rex in the slot who ripped a wrist shot over the glove of the Ephs netminder.
The Mammoths' momentum was short lived however, as Williams' answered with a goal of their own less than two minutes later. Glover tallied his second score of the game to put the Ephs up 3-1 with time winding down with an assist from Tyler Scott.
Pulling their keeper for the extra skater with 1:30 remaining in regulation, Jack Lloyd '21 made good on the opportunity as he rifled a wrist shot from the left point off the goalie and into the nylon to pull Amherst back within one.
Holding off the Mammoths' attack in the final seconds, Jack McCool iced the victory for the Ephs, logging an empty net score with 1:08 on the clock.
In between the pipes, Michael Cullen '21 (2-1-1) registered 14 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Michael Pinios (4-2-0) made 26 stops for Williams in the win.
The Mammoths owned a 28-18 edge in shots on frame and finished 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Ephs went 0-for-4 up a skater.