AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths cut the visitors lead in half early in the second period, but despite several close calls in the final 38 minutes, the Amherst College men's hockey team was unable to net the equalizer as No. 8/7 Trinity College picked up the 2-1 win Friday evening at Orr Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 1-1-0 on the season and to 1-1-0 in league play, while Trinity improves to 3-0-0 overall (3-0-0 NESCAC). Amherst hits the ice again tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 23 when they host Little III rival Wesleyan in the third matchup of a four-game home stand to start the 2019 season.
Opening scoring 12 minutes into action for the visitors, Nicholas Polsinelli potted his first of the year on an unassisted short-handed tally. Taking advantage of a hurried dish back to the defense following a faceoff, Polsinelli poked the puck out of the zone to earn a breakaway before sniping a shot from the high slot over the glove of the Mammoths' keeper.
Taking a two-goal lead into the first intermission, Polsinelli found twine for the second time in the opening 20 minutes off a Trinity faceoff victory in the neutral zone. Collecting a dish from Cole Poliziani on the wing, Polsinelli's wrister from the right dot hit off the knob of the stick of the Amherst goaltender before the momentum from the force of the shot carried the puck over the goal line.
Junior Nick Bondra had two solid scoring chances for the Mammoths in a bid to get the home team on the board in the first period, but both his wrist shot from the top of the right circle and a deke to his backhand were met with clutch stops at the 7:40 and 1:15 marks, respectively.
Cutting the Bantam's lead in half 1:48 into the second stanza, first-year Christian Powers netted his first collegiate goal with helpers from Pieter von Steinbergs '21 and Joey Verkerke '23. Expertly transitioning to offense following a Trinity turnover just inside Mammoths' territory to force a 4-v-1 heading towards frame, four quick passes found Powers wide open on the far left post for the one-time score.
Exploding for 23 shots on target in the third period, the Mammoths made every effort to force overtime down the stretch, but the Bantams' keeper stood strong to lift the visitors to the one-goal victory.
Facing a combined 86 shots in a highly contested bout, Giancarlo Ventre'20 (1-1-0) registered 43 saves for the Mammoths in the losing effort in between the pipes, while Teddy Loughborough (3-0-0) made 40 stops for Trinity in the win.
The Bantams held a slight 45-41 edge in shots on frame on the night and went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Amherst finished 0-for-5 up a skater.