Amherst Tops Hamilton 6-4 with Late Flurry

Matt Rhone scored a hat trick at Hamilton, including the goal that
brought Amherst even at 4-4 in third period.

From a Hamilton College release

CLINTON, NY - The 9th-ranked Amherst College men's hockey team traveled to Upstate New York to face Hamilton College in a rare mid-week NESCAC game. The Lord Jeffs and Continentals sat tied 2-2 after two periods, and 4-4 by the midpoint of the third stanza.

Junior Matt RhoneĀ  (Dedham, MA) recorded a hat trick as Amherst from a two-goal deficit in the third period for the win at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 12.

Rhone leads the Lord Jeffs (9-2-1 overall, 4-2-1 NESCAC) with nine goals. Mike Baran (Duxbury, MA) chipped in a goal and an assist, and rookie Nick Brunette (Chaska, MN) was credited with two assists. Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) made 20 saves and improved his record to 7-2-1 in goal. Amherst, which held a 15-2 shot advantage in the decisive third period, is 6-0-1 in its last seven games.

Anthony Scarpino '12, Anthony Ruberto '13, Chris Lorenc '10 and BJ Lalonde '12 scored one goal each for the Continentals (5-6-1, 2-5-0). Lorenc leads the team with eight goals. Bryan Kelly '12 picked up a pair of assists and Scott Hefferman '11 stopped 27 shots.

Hamilton, which lost its third straight game, scored three goals in the second period to erase a 2-1 deficit and take a 4-2 lead. However, the Jeffs stormed back with four unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes. Baran started the rally with his second goal this season at 3:53. Rhone tied the score at 10:15 with his second goal of the night.

Amherst first-year Mike Moher (Toronto, Ontario) notched the game-winner with 1:41 left on an assist by Baran. The Continentals pulled Hefferman for an extra skater with 55 seconds remaining, but Rhone clinched the win with his third goal -- and second of the period -- on a shot from center ice into the empty net with 27 seconds left.

Amherst went 2-for-4 on the power play. Both of those goals came during a Hamilton 5-minute major for hitting from behind with 3:59 left in the first period. The Continentals also scored a short-handed goal during the penalty. Hamilton ended up 0-for-3 with the extra skater.

The Jeffs have won the last four meetings with the Continentals, but Hamilton still enjoys a 55-16-2 lead in the all-time series. The Continentals host Tufts University for another NESCAC game on Friday, Jan. 15. Amherst returns home to face Connecticut College in conference action on Friday.