Jeffs Score Game's Final Five Goals in 6-3 Win at New England
Ryan Edwards '14 had a goal and an assist.
Courtesy of New England College
HENNIKER, NH – The Amherst College men’s ice hockey team would overcome a 3-1 deficit by scoring five unanswered goals during a 6-3 win at New England College Friday evening. The Lord Jeffs improve to 10-7-4 overall and 8-5-3 in conference play, while the Pilgrims drop to 7-13-2.
The two teams would battle through the majority of the first period before Amherst’s Eddie Effinger ’12 (Belleville, IL) got the Jeffs on the board by finishing off a pass from Mark Colp ’12 (Wareham, MA) at the 17:24 mark. The Pilgrims responded a minute later when Niko Uola grabbed his team-high 18th goal of the season.
The hosts captured their first lead of the evening just 2:48 into the second period, as Ben Souders netted a power-play goal on a rebound after a Jonathan Boxill shot. New England would extend its lead to 3-1 nearly four minutes later when Greg Gritatos fired in a top-shelf shot past Cole Anderson ’11 (Sylvan Lake, Alberta).
Amherst cut its deficit to 3-2 11:20 into the second period when Dylan Trumble ’13 (Calgary, Alberta) scored his third goal of the season, with the assist going to Nick Brunette ’13 (Chaska, MN). The Lord Jeff equalizer would come just four minutes later as Andrew Kurlandski ’14 (Kirkwood, MO) beat the Pilgrim goalie, with his fourth goal of the season being assisted by Ryan Edwards ’14 (Rochester, NY).
Amherst would regain the lead 6:11 into the third when Matt Rhone ’11 (Dedham, MA) intercepted a pass and recorded his second short-handed goal of the season. The Lord Jeffs tacked on two goals within 40 seconds of each other, as Edwards put in his own rebound at the 13:28 mark before Brunette added an insurance tally with 6:08 to play.
Picking up the win in net for Amherst was Anderson (8-6-2), who recorded 18 saves. In goal for the Pilgrims was Aaron Harvey, who stopped 21 shots. The Lord Jeffs have won four straight against the Pilgrims.
Amherst started the day in fifth place in the NESCAC standings but moved into a tie for fourth thanks to Bowdoin’s 4-2 setback to Trinity. The Jeffs will travel to take on St. Anselm College tomorrow at 4 p.m.