WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Two second period scores got the visitors within striking distance with 20 minutes remaining, but a strong third stanza by the Ephs sealed the contest as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to archrival Williams College, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Lansing Chapman Rink in their regular season finale.
With the setback, Amherst closes out the regular season with a 9-11-4 overall ledger and a 7-8-3 mark in league play, while Williams enters its playoff run with a 16-7-1 mark (13-5-0 NESCAC).
The lone goal of the first period, Tyler Scott broke open scoring at the 12:47 mark as a fortuitous bounce gave the forward a chance to rip a shot from left dot into the nearside, bottom corner.
Doubling the home team's edge 3:35 into the second period, Niko Karamanis capitalized on a 2-v-1 rush and powered a wrister over the pad of the Mammoths' netminder and into the nylon.
Responding 35 seconds later, Amherst got on the board behind senior Patrick Daly's eighth goal of the winter. Winning the battle for positioning in front of the net, Daly redirected Joey Verkerke's '23 blast from the right point over the goal line.
Potting the third goal in less than three minutes, Scott once again found the back of the net for the Ephs as he teamed up with Mike Armstrong to put the home team ahead, 3-1, with a backhander from the slot.
Matching Williams in second period goals before the buzzer, Matteo Mangiardi '21 made the most of an Amherst power play chance to set the score at 3-2 with 27 minutes to play. Dangling around a defender at the right dot with a highlight reel toe drag, Mangiardi finished off the stellar individual effort by sniping a wrister over the glove of the Ephs goaltender, bar-down.
Two Mac Carso scores in the third period sealed the win for Williams, as the first-year converted on a power play chance at the 13:44 mark before striking again 48 seconds later to lift the home team to the win and the NESCAC's top-seed.
In between the pipes, Giancarlo Ventre '20 (6-9-2) registered 30 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Evan Ruschil (10-4-0) racked up 28 stops for the Ephs in the win.
Williams owned a 35-30 edge in shots on frame and finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Mammoths went 1-for-4 up a skater.
The Mammoths return to action next weekend, Saturday, Feb. 29 when they travel to Trinity College for a NESCAC Championships Quarterfinals clash.