GENESEO, N.Y. – Cutting their deficit to one with 3:09 remaining, the Mammoths were unable to net the equalizer late as the Amherst College men's hockey team fell to No. 4 SUNY Geneseo, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Ira S. Wilson Arena.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 2-3-0 on the season, while Geneseo improves to 7-1-1 overall. Amherst next hits the ice tomorrow, Sunday, December 1 when they return home for a 5PM non-conference bout with Babson at Orr Rink.
First to strike, senior Noah Gilreath potted his first score of the winter midway through the opening stanza to give the visitors an early 1-0 edge. Poking the puck away from the Knights on an attempted drop pass on the Mammoths' blue line, Gilreath earned a breakaway at the 9:29 mark before deking to his backhand to beat the Geneseo netminder.
Capitalizing on an Amherst cross-checking penalty, Matthew Doran pulled the sides back into a deadlock with 6:23 on the clock in the second period. Gathering a dish from Andrew Romano in the high slot, Doran used his defender as a screen and powered a wrister into the top right corner.
Taking the lead three minutes later, Conlan Keenan put the home team ahead, 2-1 with helpers from Romano and Tanner Salsberry. Collecting the puck down low on the right post, Keenan's pass looking for the far side hit off a defender's skate and deflected over the goal line.
Tallying a short-handed marker and what proved to be the game-winner 3:10 into the third period, Tyson Empey pushed the score to 3-1 after earning a breakaway and deking to his forehand to sneak a shot inside the left post.
Looking to battle their way back into the game late, the Mammoths cut their deficit to one with 3:09 on the clock behind Sean Wrenn's '22 first goal of the season. Winning the faceoff in Knights' territory on the right side, Joey Lupo '20 drew the puck back to Wrenn just behind the dot who ripped a wrist shot into the top corner, blocker side.
Pulling their keeper with 56 seconds to go, Amherst looked to force overtime, but P.J. Conlon's '20 shot with one second left sailed wide as Geneseo clinched the 3-2 victory.
Giancarlo Ventre '20 (1-3-0) registered 29 saves for Amherst in the losing effort in between the pipes, while Aaron Mackay (4-1-0) made 23 stops for the Knights in the win.
Geneseo held a 32-25 edge in shots on frame in the matchup and went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Mammoths finished 0-for-2 up a skater.