AMHERST, Mass. – First-year goalkeeper Dan Dachille clinched his first collegiate victory donning the Purple & White as the Amherst College men's hockey team hit nylon in the first and third period to pick up a non-conference win Tuesday afternoon at Orr Rink, with the home team shutting out Saint Michael's College, 2-0.
With the win, the Mammoths head into the break with a 2-2-0 season ledger, while Saint Michael's drops to 4-3-1 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 30 when they travel to Geneseo for their first away contest of 2019.
Opening scoring with 5:44 on the clock in the first period, senior captain P.J. Conlon tallied his second of the fall with assists from Jack Lloyd '21 and Patrick Daly '20. Winning the faceoff on the left side in Purple Knight territory, Daly' shot from the wing took a fortuitous bounce off the boards and deflected up and over the net before settling in the crease. The ensuing chaos in front ended in Amherst's favor, with Conlon poking home the puck to put the Mammoths out in front, 1-0.
Threatening once again midway through the second stanza, Daly nearly capitalized on a 3-v-2 rush as Lloyd hit him with a dish in the high slot. Looking to double Amherst's edge, Daly powered a wrister on target, however Saint Michael's keeper Alec Lindberg came up with a highlight reel stop, stacking his pads to keep the visitor's deficit at one.
Ethan Hendrickson made a move to get the Purple Knights on the board prior to the second intermission at the 6:28 mark, picking up the puck after a turnover in the neutral zone and racing down the left boards to earn a 1-v-1. Ripping a wrister from the dot towards goal, Dachille stood strong in his first career start for the Mammoths in between the pipes, registering a pad save on the attempt.
Tacking on an insurance tally 1:05 into the third period, Lloyd notched his second point of the day behind Pieter von Steinbergs' '21 team-leading fourth assist of the winter. Gathering the pass in Amherst's defensive end on a regroup, Lloyd weaved through the neutral zone before using his defender as a screen and sending a perfectly placed wrister from just inside the blue line into the bottom right corner.
Calling a timeout with 2:32 remaining and pulling their goaltender in lieu of an extra skater, Saint Michael's put two of their four shot attempts on frame with time winding down in a bid to avoid the shut out. Brandon Mitchell had the Purple Knight's best chance to make it a 2-1 game late, looking off his defender on a 2-v-1 and driving a wrister from point blank range on target with 1:24 on the clock, but Dachille stonewalled the attempt with a left pad save to keep his first collegiate shutout intact.
Posting 14 saves in net for the Mammoths, Dachille (1-0-0) earned the win, while Lindberg (1-1-0) made 44 stops for Saint Michael's in the losing effort.
Amherst finished the bout with a 46-14 advantage in shots, including a 23-8 edge in the second stanza, and went 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Purple Knights finished 0-for-4 up a skater.