Amherst Rebounds with 4-1 Win Over St. Michael's

From a Saint Michael's release

Luke Arnold scored Amherst's first goal early on and the Lord Jeffs
never looked back en route to a 4-1 win.

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – The 13th-ranked Amherst College men’s hockey team (4-2-0, 2-2-0 NESCAC) handed Saint Michael’s College (1-4-0, 1-3-0 ECAC East) a 4-1 loss on Saturday afternoon at Cairns Arena’s lower rink (Rink #2).
The Purple Knights controlled the puck for the opening three minutes of the game until Saint Michael’s forward Dan Pelletier was called for holding at the 2:56 mark. The Lord Jeffs scored on the ensuing power play, 4:07 into the period to give them the 1-0 lead. The game’s first score came from junior Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA) off assists from Eddie Effinger (Belleville, IL) and Dylan Trumble (Calgary, Alberta).

The puck moved back and forth between zones for the next four minutes and Saint Michael’s goalie, Brendan Rimmer, made a pair of important saves to keep Saint Michael’s down only one. Play was stopped yet again at 9:35 when Brady Earle was sent to the penalty box for an illegal elbow to the head.

The Lord Jeffs once again took advantage of their power play as they connected at the 10-minute mark to take a 2-0 advantage. The eventual game winner came from junior Joe Brock (Cumming, GA) on helpers from senior Ted Vickers (Chilliwack, BC) and Jake Hannon (Williamsville, NY).

Saint Michael’s saw a pair of good scoring opportunities in the waning moments of the first period, before going shorthanded again, as Bryan Brunton  was called for holding at 14:47. The Lord Jeffs connected for their third power-play goal of the game at 15:37, which gave them a 3-0 lead, this time on a Jamie Hawkrigg (Waterdown, Ontario) goal.

Saint Michael’s got its first power play of the game after a holding call, and had a five-on-three advantage after tripping was called against Amherst shortly after the initial penalty. The Lord Jeffs’ penalty kill proved to be effective, as it killed off the crucial five-on-three situation. Saint Michael’s went on a power play again with less than a minute remaining in the opening frame, as Amherst was called for interference.
Saint Michael’s began the second period on the power play, but once again was unable to convert against the Amherst penalty kill. The Purple Knights controlled the puck in the Lord Jeffs’ zone for much of the opening five minutes of the period, but were unable to generate any scoring chances. Saint Michael’s skaters got the puck into the slot area at around the five-minute mark but struggled to get a clean shot off.

Time and time again, the Purple Knights gained control of the puck in the neutral zone but were unable to keep their control as they moved into the Lord Jeffs’ zone. Saint Michael’s scored its first tally of the game when Nick Sheehan converted at 9:23 for his third goal of the season to make the score 3-1 in favor of Amherst. Over the next six minutes, the Purple Knights did a satisfactory job of keeping the Lord Jeffs in check by back-checking and not allowing Amherst to gain entry into their zone. Play shifted back and forth as the period drew to a close.
Play was even for most of the third period’s first half, as neither squad could seem to effectively get anything going in their respective offensive zones. At around the 11-minute mark, the Purple Knights showed their offensive firepower by continuously pushing the puck into the Lord Jeffs’ zone, and they seemed to have Amherst on its heels for a four-minute portion of the period. The Lord Jeffs were able to break out for some odd-numbered rushes, but Rimmer and the Saint Michael’s back check kept Amherst skaters at bay.

The Purple Knights went a man down for the first time since the 14:47 mark in the first period when Trevor Pawliczka was called for hooking at 10:26. Saint Michael’s penalty killers were able to successfully kill off the two-minute hooking penalty by cleanly managing the puck. The Lord Jeffs added another goal 16:40 into the third frame to give them a 4-1 advantage which would go as final.
In goal for the Purple Knights was Rimmer, who played very well after allowing three power-play goals in the first period, as he made 32 saves on 36 shots. Rimmer’s counterpart, Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta), also played well in net for the Lord Jeffs as he stopped 20 of Saint Michael’s 21 shots.

Amherst is off until Saturday, Dec. 12, when the Lord Jeffs host Salve Regina University at 7:30 p.m.