Lord Jeffs End Weekend with 3-2 Loss to Colby

Erik Hansen '14 tied the score at 1-1 in the opening two minutes of the second period.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s ice hockey team took a 2-1 lead over visiting Colby College early in the second period, but the Mules scored a pair of unanswered goals to hand the Lord Jeffs a 3-2 loss Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.

Amherst (9-7-4, 7-5-3 NESCAC) dropped to fifth in the conference standings after beginning the day tied for third, while Colby (8-9-2, 7-6-2) stayed put at sixth. The Mules are 6-1-1 in their past eight games.

The scoring opened 17 minutes into the game when Colby defenseman Tom McGinn ’12 snuck a shot between the legs of Amherst goalie Cole Anderson ’11 (Sylvan Lake, Alberta), with assists going to first-years Jack Bartlett and Nick Lanza.

The second period began with the hosts scoring two goals in a span of 1:25, with Erik Hansen ’14 (Deephaven, MN) tying things up at 1:45 after taking a pass from Brian Safstrom ’14 (Woodinville, WA). Mark Colp ’12 (Wareham, MA) would give the Lord Jeffs a 2-1 lead with an unassisted goal at 3:10 when he beat Colby goalie Cody McKinney over his blocker with a wrist shot, rewarding a hustle play by Brandon Hew ’13 (Fresno, CA).

Colby’s Scott Harff ’13 knotted the score at 2-2 on a power-play goal 9:50 into the second period, putting home a rebound thanks to assists from Mike Doherty ’12 and McGinn. Doherty would hit the pipe with 3:30 to play in the second, but the teams headed into the final period tied at two goals apiece.

After Colby’s Patrick Bursee ’12 drilled the crossbar three minutes into the third, Spike Smigelski ’13 would finally break the deadlock when he beat Anderson high after taking a pass from Tommy Kader ’14, who snagged the puck out of midair.

Amherst pulled Anderson with 1:03 to play but could not find a third goal, as the Mules held on for the 3-2 win. Anderson (7-6-2) made 12 stops for the Lord Jeffs, while McKinney improved to 7-6-2 after making 23 saves against Amherst. Both teams will return to action Friday, Feb. 11, when the Mules host Wesleyan and the Lord Jeffs travel to take on New England College.

Prior to the game, Amherst honored Anderson and fellow seniors Gavin Carson (Montreal, Quebec), Joe Brock (Cumming, GA), Trip Wray (Walpole, MA), Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA) and Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA), who were playing in their final regular-season home game. The Amherst Class of 2011 is 61-26-12 as a group, including 45-17-10 in conference play and 34-11-7 at Orr Rink.