Jeffs Allow Two Short-handed Goals in 4-3 Loss to Saint Anselm

Andrew Stevenson '10 tied things up at 2-2 late in the second period with his first goal of the season.

AMHERST, MA – The 11th-ranked Amherst College men’s ice hockey team entered the weekend with one of Division III’s most efficient power play units, but visiting Saint Anselm College used a pair of short-handed goals to earn a 4-3 win over the host Lord Jeffs Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink. Amherst falls to 15-4-3 (10-4-3 NESCAC), while the Hawks improve to 12-8-1 (9-7-1 ECAC East) with their third consecutive victory.

Saturday marked the 10th consecutive meeting between Amherst and Saint Anselm in which the visiting team came away with the win, as the Lord Jeffs have not defeated the Hawks at home since the 1999-2000 season. Amherst snapped its eight-game unbeaten streak at Orr Rink, as the Jeffs had not lost on their home ice since Nov. 21, 2009.

Tucker Mullin ’13 stayed hot for the Hawks, picking up a goal and two assists after recording a hat trick in each of his past two games. Mullin was unassisted on a short-handed goal that tied the game at 1-1 7:52 into the opening period, adding an assist on yet another short-handed tally less than four minutes later to hand the lead over to the Hawks. Mullin’s second assist helped to tie things up again at 3-3with 6:43 to play in regulation, and Saint Anselm needed only 51 seconds more to find the game winner off the stick of Mike Richard.

Amherst struck first when a Brandon Hew (Fresno, CA) shot was saved by Saint Anselm goaltender Alex Wyse, but sophomore Eddie Effinger (Belleville, IL) was there to put home the rebound to make it a 1-0 game 11:21 into the contest.

After Mullin intercepted a pass and found the equalizer while the Hawks were on the disadvantage, Paul Snell handed the visitors a 2-1 lead with his sixth goal of the season. Snell received the pass from Mullin and beat Amherst goaltender Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) high and on the glove side.

Senior defenseman Andrew Stevenson (Newton, MA) picked a good time to record his first goal of the season, as he deflected a shot from senior captain Keith Nelson (Manalapan, NJ) to tie the game at 2-2 with only 3:10 remaining in the second period.

Saint Anselm nearly scored a third short-handed goal six minutes into the final period, but Anderson made a nice save on a shot from points-leader Coleman Noonan. Amherst would take a 3-2 lead midway through the period when a shot from Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) bounced out and was put home by junior Gavin Carson (Montreal, Quebec) for his second goal of the season.

Assists on Saint Anselm’s third goal went to Mullin and first-year defenseman Evan Gogonis, as first-year forward Timothy King scored his 10th goal of the season to make it a 3-3 game at the 13:17 mark. Less than one minute later, Richard put home the eventual game winner on assists from Snell and Ryan Clark. No more penalties would be committed in the game, and the Hawks held on for the impressive 4-3 come-from-behind win.

Anderson (12-4-3) made 17 saves in the losing effort, while Wyse stopped 30 shots to improve to 8-5-1. The Lord Jeffs will close out their regular season by hosting Babson College and UMass-Boston next weekend, while the Hawks will look to keep their streak alive when they host Salem State Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.