Men's Hockey Edges Tufts, 3-1

Men's Hockey Edges Tufts, 3-1

MALDEN, Mass. – Three different Mammoths found the back of the net as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team battled past Tufts University, 3-1 Friday evening at the Valley Forum.

With the win, Amherst improves to 10-6-4 on the season and to 7-4-4 in league play, while Tufts falls to 5-14-2 overall (2-11-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 9 when they travel to Connecticut College for a 3 p.m. bout. 

Taking a 1-0 lead before the first intermission, Greg Krisberg '20 netted his first goal of the winter at the 17:44 mark to give the Mammoths the edge. Capping off a textbook display of transition hockey following an Amherst regroup in the neutral zone, Krisberg buried Phil Johansson's '19 rebound after his shot from the high slot was met with a stick save.

Getting on the board 11 seconds into the second stanza, the Jumbos evened the game at one all with a score from Anthony Farinacci. Racing towards frame after winning the opening faceoff, Farinacci corralled Rune Kirby's rebound and powered a shot from the left post into the nylon. 

Retaking the lead midway through the period, John Festa '19 tallied a short-handed goal at the 10:28 mark, intercepting a breakout pass in front of the net and deking to his backhand for the score. 

Holding the lead through the next 30 minutes of back-and-forth play, Joey Lupo '20 notched the final dagger for the Mammoths, sending a shot into an empty net with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to log his team-leading eighth goal of the season and lift Amherst to the 3-1 victory.

In between the pipes, Michael Cullen '21 (7-3-1) registered 14 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Josh Sarlo (2-4-2) made 23 stops for Tufts in the loss.

The Mammoths owned a 26-15 advantage in shots on frame and finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Jumbos went 0-for-4 up a skater.