WATERVILLE, Maine – The Mammoths tallied two quick scores at the end of opening period to lead for the majority of the matchup, however a Mules' goal with 15.5 seconds remaining deadlocked the sides as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team and Colby College battled to a 2-2 overtime draw Saturday afternoon at Alfond Rink.
With the tie, Amherst moves to 9-6-4 on the season and to 6-4-4 in league play, while Colby moves to 8-8-4 overall (5-6-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action next Friday, Feb. 8 when they travel to Tufts University for a 7 p.m. conference bout.
First to strike, Thomas Stahlhuth got the home team on the board with 6:29 remaining in the opening period following an Amherst slashing penalty. Working the puck around the zone, Stahlhuth one-timed a dish from Logan Clarke from the top of the point over the glove of the Mammoths' keeper.
Responding three minutes later, Pieter von Steinbergs '21 tallied his third goal of the winter to deadlock the contest at 1-1. Capping off a highlight reel individual effort play, von Steinbergs powered a snap shot from the right dot through traffic and into the nylon.
Grabbing the lead with 2:19 on the clock, Jack Fitzgerald '19 teamed up with Joey Lupo '20 to make it 2-1 in favor of the Mammoths. Wrapping around the net, Lupo hit Fitzgerald with a stick-to-stick pass at mid-ice before Fitzgerald raced into the offensive zone, cut to his forehand, and sent a quick shot into the top left corner of the net.
With time winding down after more than 40 minutes of scoreless play, Stahlhuth potted his second goal of the game to force overtime with 15.5 seconds remaining in regulation, ripping a shot from the right point off of a defender and into the top corner with the goalie pulled.
In OT, the Mammoths put six shots on target in a bid to net the game-winner, however the horn sounded the the teams locked in a 2-2 tie.
In between the pipes, Giancarlo Ventre '20 (3-3-3) registered 27 saves for Amherst in the draw, while Andrew Tucci (7-6-4) made 32 stops for Colby.
The Mammoths owned a 34-29 edge in shots on frame and finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Mules went 1-for-3 up a skater.