NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mammoths struck in all three periods and Dan Dachille '23 registered 35 saves to post the shut out as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team got back in the win column with a 3-0 road victory over Connecticut College Friday evening at Dayton Arena.
With the win, Amherst improves to 3-9-1 on the season and to 2-6-0 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 6-7-0 overall (2-5-0 NESCAC). The Mammoths are back at it again tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, Jan. 18 when they travel to Tufts University for a 4:00PM conference clash.
Opening scoring 8:53 into the matchup, junior Jack Lloyd tallied his second goal of the winter to put the Mammoths ahead with an assist from A.J. Klein '20. Skating full speed onto the puck at mid-ice following a clear by the Camels' keeper, Klein raced down the right side and cut across the top of the crease to put a backhander on target. Connor Rodericks came up with the initial stop, however Lloyd was able to one-time the rebound into a wide-open net as he crashed the cage.
Doubling Amherst's cushion 33 seconds into the second period, Joey Lupo '20 made it a 2-0 game behind his 25th career goal. Darting into the offensive zone on an odd-man rush, Lupo's patience with the puck was on full display as he let his defender who was anticipating a shot go down to a knee and slide by him before sneeking a laser from the right dot under the glove of the netminder, short-side. P.J. Conlon '20 and Stephen Rex '22 were credited with the assists on the score.
Recording his first career goal and the final dagger for the visitors while shorthanded midway through the third, Matteo Mangiardi '21 curled around the top of the left circle, juked past a defender and sent a low shot from the high slot into the bottom right corner.
In between the pipes, Dachille (2-2-1) racked up 35 stops for the Mammoths to earn the win, while Rodericks (5-6-0) made 33 saves in the loss for Connecticut College.
Amherst owned a 36-35 edge in shots on frame and finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Camels went 0-for-2 up a skater.