Amherst Takes Out Tufts 5-3 in Road NESCAC Action

Nick Brunette dished out three assists in the win at Tufts.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s ice hockey team took out Tufts University by a 5-3 score this afternoon in road NESCAC action. Senior Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA) had a pair of goals for the 7-3-4 (5-1-3 NESCAC) Lord Jeffs, while Nick Brunette (Chaska, MN) dished out three assists in the win.

Amherst opened up the scoring just 1:12 into the first period on a power play goal. Junior forward Mark Colp (Wareham, MA) converted on the opening score of assists from Brunette and Joe Brock (Cumming, GA).

Brunette was the playmaker one against just eight minutes later, setting up sophomore classmate Mike Moher (Toronto, Ontario) for Amherst’s second goal at the 9:18 mark. It looked as though the Lord Jeffs would carry a 2-0 lead into the second period, but Tufts grabbed a goal with just 17 seconds left in the first. Jumbo defensemen Jared Barker scored the goal off assists from Tom Derosa and Dylan Cooper.

Just under five minutes into the second period,  Rhone connected off a feed from co-captain Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) for a short-handed score to go up 3-1. The Jeffs struggled with penalties following the Rhone goal, and had to kill off eight minutes of man-down action. Tufts was able to score one goal during the eight minutes of power plays, as Derosa converted with 1:44 to play in the period off helpers from Kyle Gallegos and Trevor John.

8:28 into the third period, Amherst senior Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA) scored on Wray’s second assist of the game. Amherst’s fourth goal came on a power play once again. It was less than four minutes before Amherst went up 5-2, with Rhone scoring his second of the night off Brunette’s third assist. Rookie Brian Safstrom (Woodinville, WA) picked up the other assist on Amherst’s final goal.

Tufts scored one final goal with just 24 seconds to play in the third period. The final jumbo tally was scored by Jon Sokolski to ring in the final score at 5-3 in Amherst’s favor. For the second straight night, Amherst started Nathan Corey (Anchorage, AK) in net. Corey made 27 saves with three goals against. Tufts countered with Brian Phillips, who made 31 saves in the losing effort.

Amherst will return to action next weekend for a pair of home games against Skidmore College and Castleton State.