AMHERST, Mass. – A four-goal second period that featured power play and short-handed scores by the Mammoths propelled the home team to victory as the Amherst College men's hockey team downed Bowdoin College, 6-3 Friday evening at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-4-2 on the season and to 2-2-2 in league play, while Bowdoin falls to 4-5-1 overall (2-3-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 5 when they host Colby in a conference clash beginning at 3 p.m.
A scoreless first period was followed by an action packed second stanza, with the sides combining for six scores.
First on the board, the Mammoths struck 31 seconds into the second, with Noah Gilreath '20 tallying his first goal of the winter to put the home team ahead. Sean Wrenn '22 set up the scoring play as he wrapped around the net and sent a shot of the shoulder of the Polar Bear keeper before Gilreath powered the rebound into an open net.
Responding three minutes later, Chris Wallace evened things at one all with assists from Cody Todesco and Jimmy Duffy. Forcing a turnover behind the net, Todesco dished a pass to Wallace alone out in front who quickly slid a wrister inside the left post.
Up two skaters after back-to-back Bowdoin penalties, Amherst made it 2-1 at the 6:28 mark as Phil Johansson '19 rifled a one-timer from the top of the left circle over the glove of the Bowdoin netminder. Gilreath and Joey Lupo '20 were credited with the assists on the play.
Battling back into the contest with 7:42 on the clock, Todesco potted his team-leading ninth goal of the season to set the score at 2-2. Cutting between defenders, Todesco corralled a pass from Michael Brown at the blue line to earn a breakaway before sending a wrist shot into the top right corner.
Taking a 4-2 lead into the break, the Mammoths registered two scores in the final five minutes before the horn, with Lupo finding the back of the net while short-handed at the 16:35 mark and John Festa '19 beating the Polar Bear keeper at the 19:19 mark.
Earning a three-score cushion 1:36 into the final period, Lupo logged his second goal of the night and fifth goal of the year to put Amherst ahead, 5-2. Crashing the net following a shot from Patrick Daly '20, Lupo one-touched the rebound over the goal line.
Adding what stood as the Mammoths' final insurance dagger two minutes later, Pieter von Steinbergs '21 made it 6-2 as he sent a wrap around shot into the nylon.
Recording the matchup's final goal with 6:21 remaining, Christian Capello potted an unassisted score behind an impressive individual effort. Stealing the puck from a defender on a regroup attempt at the blue line to earn a clear path to net, Capello ripped a wrist shot into the bottom right hand corner.
In between the pipes, Michael Cullen '21 (3-1-1) made 22 stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while Kyle St. Denis (0-3-0) racked up 45 saves for Bowdoin in the loss.
The Mammoths owned a 51-25 edge in shots on frame and finished 1-for-6 on the power pay, while the Polar Bears went 0-for-5 up a skater.