No. 15 Amherst escapes with 3-1 men's ice hockey win
The Hamilton College Continentals dropped a 3-1 decision to the nationally ranked No. 15 Amherst College Lord Jeffs in NESCAC competition at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Saturday night.
The Lord Jeffs swept the season-opening series thanks to a 5-2 victory in Amherst, Mass., on Friday night. Conor Brown ’16 scored twice for Amherst (2-0-0, 2-0 NESCAC) , including an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left that sealed the win after the Continentals had pulled to within a goal 52 seconds earlier.
Hamilton (0-2-0, 0-2) was held scoreless by Amherst goaltender Dave Cunningham ’16 for nearly 59 minutes as he turned away 13 shots. A two-minute penalty with 1:35 left in the third period gave the Continentals their fifth power-play opportunity and they pulled goaltender Joe Quattrocchi ’14 (14 saves) for an extra attacker. Hamilton capitalized on the 6-on-4 at the 18:57 mark with Kenny Matheson ’16 scoring his first goal of the season off an assist from Marko Brelih ‘16.
The Lord Jeffs won the ensuing faceoff but Hamilton regained possession and had a chance at the tying goal. A shot by Evan Haney ’14 was blocked and Brown scored moments later.
Mike Rowbotham ’15 opened the scoring with an unassisted power-play goal nine minutes into the first period. Brown, who has four goals in Amherst’s first two games, put the Lord Jeffs up 2-0 early in the second period. Brian Safstrom ’14 assisted on Brown’s first score.
Amherst’s penalty killers held the Continentals to only three shots in their first four chances and nearly scored a short-handed goal midway through the second period when a shot by Chris Roll ’17 hit the post. The long rebound led to a 2-on-1 break for the Continentals but Cunningham stopped a wrist shot by Conor Lamberti ‘17.
Both teams host NESCAC opponents on Saturday, Nov. 23. Hamilton takes on Wesleyan University at 3 p.m. and the Lord Jeffs host Trinity College.