Mammoths Battle Back From Two Goal Deficit to Tie Middlebury, 3-3

Mammoths Battle Back From Two Goal Deficit to Tie Middlebury, 3-3

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Mammoths battled back from a 3-1 deficit with under nine minutes remaining in regulation but could net net the game-winner as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team played Middlebury College to a 3-3 overtime tie Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Arena.

With the draw, Amherst moves to 3-3-2 on the season and to 1-2-2 in league play, while Middlebury moves to 4-3-1 overall (3-2-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action after the break when they travel to Endicott on Monday, Dec. 31 for a 1 p.m. non-conference clash. 

Grabbing a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the opening period, Alex Lee put the home team ahead with assists from Kamil Tkaczuk and Michael Fahie. Skating the length of the ice, Tkaczuk's shot on frame could not be controlled by the Amherst keeper as Lee buried the rebound.

Doubling their advantage with under five minutes left in the period, Tkaczuk potted a goal of his own at the 15:29 mark as he powered a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle over the glove of the neminder.

Cutting the Amherst deficit to 2-1, Steven Mallory '19 netted his second goal of the winter at the midway mark as he slid a pass from Mitchell Shults '22 inside the far right post from the slot.

Retaking two goal edge seven minutes into the final period, Michael Fahie doubled the Panthers' cushion as he ripped a shot off the cross bar and over the goal line for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. 

Once again getting within striking distance with 7:48 remaining in regulation, Jack Fitzgerald '19 made it 3-2 with the help of Nick Bondra '21 and Pieter von Steinbergs '21 as he tucked home a dish from Bondra at the 12:18 mark.

Pulling even just over a minute later, P.J. Conlon '20 capped off the Mammoths' come-back effort, redirecting a pass from Patrick Daly '20 past the Middlebury keeper.

In the five-minute overtime, Amherst recorded two of the three shots on goal, with Adam Wisco making a nice pad save on a shot from the right circle by Corey Goldstein '21 to keep the contest in a deadlock. 

In between the pipes, Giancarlo Ventre '20 (1-2-1) made 29 saves for Amherst in the draw, while Adam Wisco (2-2-1) racked up 38 saves for Middlebury.

The Mammoths owned a 41-32 edge in shots on frame and finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Panthers went 0-for-1 up a skater.