Jeffs Get Back on Track with 3-0 Win at Southern Maine

Andrew Kurlandski '14 recorded a goal and an assist to help Amherst get back on the winning track.

Courtesy of Southern Maine

GORHAM, ME – Senior goalie Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) stopped 19 shots to earn his second shutout of the season as Amherst College defeated the University of Southern Maine, 3-0, in an ECAC East-NESCAC interleague men’s hockey game Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.

The victory snapped a three-game losing skid for the Lord Jeffs, and improved their record to 8-6-4 overall and 6-4-3 in league games. The Huskies, winless in their last nine games (0-7-2), fall to 4-11-3 overall and 2-10-1 in the league.

First-year Andrew Kurlandski (Kirkwood, MO) and senior Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA) paced the Lord Jeff attack with a power-play goal and an assist apiece, and sophomore Mike Moher (Toronto, Ontario) picked up two assists. Senior co-captain Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) accounted for the other goal.

After a scoreless first period, Amherst grabbed a 1-0 lead at 5:56 of the second stanza when Rhone potted his power-play tally off assists from Moher and Kurlandski.  Amherst took advantage of the second of its three consecutive power plays over the opening eight minutes the period. The Lord Jeffs would kill off two short-handed situations later in the period to protect their one-goal edge.

Wray gave the visitors some insurance with his goal at 13:28 of the third period.  Kurlandski clinched the win with his power-play tally, which was set up by Rhone and Moher at 16:52.

The Lord Jeffs finished the game with a 29-19 advantage in shots on goal. They converted two of their five man-advantages while killing off all five of the Huskies’ power plays. USM rookie goalie Braely Torris registered 26 saves.

Amherst returns home to host nationally-ranked Bowdoin College next Friday and Colby College on Saturday in its final regular-season home games.