AMHERST, Mass. – Beating the Camels' netminder in the first and the second and adding an empty net dagger in the third, the Amherst College men's hockey team continued to roll Friday evening as the Mammoths extended their unbeaten streak to nine games with a pivotal 3-1 victory over Connecticut College at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-9-4 on the season and to 6-7-2 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 9-10-2 overall (5-8-2 NESCAC).
First on the board, the visitors jumped out to a 1-0 lead 6:38 into the matchup, with Ryan Petti hitting nylon with assists from Brett Stirling and Jacob Moreau. Breaking out of their defensive end on a 3-v-3 rush, Petti cut across the zone and gained just enough space on his defender in the high slot to one-time Moreau's dish off the glove of the Amherst keeper and over the goal line.
Responding 10 minutes later, junior Nick Bondra potted his second goal of the season to even the sides at 1-1 entering the first intermission. Forcing a turnover in the right corner, Patrick Daly '20 connected with P.J. Conlon '20 behind the net before the senior sent a no-look backhanded dish to Bondra at the top of the crease who snuck a low-shot five hole.
Taking their first lead of the night at 6:24 into the second stanza, Corey Goldstein '21 notched what stood as the game-winner to put Amherst ahead, 2-1. Corralling a drop pass from Greg Krisberg '20 at the top of the left circle, Goldstein ripped a laser past the blocker of Connor Rodericks, short-side.
Looking to notch the equalizer late, Steven Senese seemingly made the Mammoths pay for an interference penalty with 3:02 remaining in regulation as he willed the puck over the goal line, however after gathering to discuss the play it was determined that the whistle was blown before it crossed the line.
Holding off the visitors after the scare, Daly iced the game after the Camels pulled their keeper for the extra skater as he logged the empty net score with 53 seconds on the clock to lift Amherst to the 3-1 victory.
Making 22 saves, Giancarlo Ventre '20 (5-7-2) earned the win for the Mammoths, while Rodericks made 31 stops for the Camels in the loss.
Headlined by an 18-2 edge in the second period, Amherst owned a 34-23 advantage in shots on target and finished 0-for2 on the power play, while Connecticut College went 0-for-3 up a skater.
The Mammoths are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 15 when they host Tufts University in their final home game of the regular season. Also marking Senior Day, prior to the opening faceoff Amherst will take a moment to acknowledge the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.