Amherst Scores Late Goals for 2-0 Win Over Tufts

Senior Jack Baer scored the game winner for Amherst, his
second clincher of the season.

AMHERST, MA – The 9th-ranked Amherst College men’s hockey team stretched its unbeaten streak to nine games this afternoon by scoring a pair of late goals in a 2-0 win over NESCAC rival Tufts University. Amherst (10-2-2, 5-2-2 NESCAC) scored the game’s only two goals in the final five minutes of the third period against Tufts (7-5-1, 4-4-1).

Amherst has climbed the NESCAC standings during its current unbeaten streak, sitting tied in second place with Bowdoin College (6-3-0 NESCAC) after Saturday's action. Middlebury leads the conference with a 4-0-4 conference record.

While neither team scored in the first period, the stanza was not without highlights. Amherst rookie Jamie Hawkrigg (Waterdown, Ontario) had a huge hit during a penalty kill nine minutes into the first. Hawkrigg nearly turned that momentum into a goal on a power play late in the first, but both he and senior Ted Vickers (Chilliwack, BC) were denied by Jumbo goaltender Scott Barchard.

In the second period, Barchard made a trio of good glove saves against Amherst during a power play in the early going. Amherst netminder Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) was not to be out-done, and made a save on a 2-on-0 after the Lord Jeffs were caught in a line change with just three minutes remaining in the period. The second frame ended in a scoreless deadlock after Tufts forward Cory Korchin and Amherst forward Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA) traded near misses in the final minutes.

Amherst had a 2-on-1 chance during a shorthanded rush early in the third period, but a Tufts defender made a great play to block a pass by Lord Jeff defender Andrew Stevenson (Newton, MA). At the midpoint, Barchard denied a slap shot by sophomore Jeremy Deutsch (Huntington, NY) to keep Amherst off the board.

Amherst continued to pressure the Tufts defense, and at the 15:18 mark of the third period the Jeffs finally broke through. Senior Jack Baer (Edina, MN) put in a rebound after junior Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) had his wrist shot stopped by Barchard. The second assist on the eventual game winner went to junior Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA).

Less than three minutes later, Amherst added an insurance tally on the power play. Hawkrigg got the goal he had worked hard for all game, swatting in his own rebound out of the air at the 18:09 mark. Tufts called a timeout and pulled Barchard for the final minute but could not beat Anderson, who finished with 19 saves for the shutout win. Barchard was solid for the Jumbos, making 38 saves, including 18 in the final period.