AMHERST, Mass. – Tied at 1-1 at the midway point, the Mammoths were unable to counter a three-goal run by the visitors in the final 30 minutes of action as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to Little III rival Wesleyan University, 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the setback, Amherst sits at 1-2-0 overall in three league contests to open the season, while Wesleyan improves to 2-2-0 overall (2-2-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to Orr this Tuesday, Nov. 26 when they host non-conference foe St. Michael's at 4PM in their final home game of November.
Opening scoring 6:52 into the bout, Cam Peritz gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with assists from Colin Cobb and John Fiallo as he redirected Fiallo's blast over the goal line.
Netting the equalizer in the second stanza, first-year Connor Merrill moved to the top of the Mammoths' leader board in goals with his second of the year at the 6:21 mark after his initial shot on target was turned away. Following up on his own rebound, Merrill snuck the puck inside the right post to deadlock the sides at one all.
Countering less than four minutes later, Emmet Powell tallied what stood as the game-winner as he collected a dish from Walker Harris at the top of the right circle and sent a wrister past the Mammoths' keeper.
Giving Wesleyan a two-goal cushion prior to the second intermission, Tyler Levine capitalized on Harris' end-to-end skate as he blasted a one-timer from the high slot into the nylon.
Adding one final insurance dagger with 1:37 to play, Tyler Kobryn logged an empty net goal to set the score at 4-1 at the final buzzer.
With 24 stops on the day in net for the Mammoths, Giancarlo Ventre '20 (1-2-0) took the loss for the home team, while Tim Sestak (2-2-0) racked up 37 saves for Wesleyan in the winning effort.
Hitting double-digits in all three periods, Amherst owned a 38-28 advantage in shots on frame and went 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Cardinals finished 0-for-3 up a skater.