Amherst Scores Four Again in 4-2 Win at Trinity College

From a Trinity College release

Joe Brock scored two of Amherst's four goals in a win
at Trinity College this afternoon.

HARTFORD, CT - The Amherst College men's ice hockey team scored four goals for the second consecutive game to open the 2010-11 season, taking a 4-2 result at NESCAC rival Trinity College. The win improves the Lord Jeffs to 2-0-0 (2-0-0 NESCAC), while Trinity falls to 0-2-0 (0-2-0) with the loss.

Amherst senior Joe Brock (Cumming, GA) scored the second of his two goals in the game on an empty net late to seal the win, giving him four points on the year after he dished out two assists in a 4-0 win at Wesleyan yesterday.

Trinity was first to strike in today’s game, when Sebastion Kimmel scored on a one-timer from Derek Sandberg just two minutes into the game.  Later in the period, with less than five minutes remaining, Amherst senior co-captain Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) ripped a slap shot on Trinity’s net, but Bantam goaltender Wesley Vesprini made a glove save to preserve the Bantam lead. 

Moments after the highlight stop, Amherst first-year Andrew Kurlandski (Kirkwood, MO) put a shot to the right side of the Trinity net, just out of Vesprini’s reach, to tie the game at 1-1, with less than two minutes remaining in the period.

After a dry start to the second period, Brock gave the Lord Jeffs their first lead of the game, scoring the eventual game-winning goal with 7:11 on the clock.  Less than one minute later, Amherst added another goal, courtesy of Wray, to go up 3-1.   

Midway through the final period, Trinity’s Sean McCarthy scored to pull the Bantams within a goal, giving Trinity a chance at a late comeback.  With the Amherst offense controlling the final two minutes, the Bantams were unable to pull Vesprini out of net until just :37 seconds remained on the clock. After a strong defensive play on a late effort by Trinity, Brock would score a long distance empty-net goal with five seconds remaining on the clock.

Vesprini finished the game with 15 saves for the Bantams, while Amherst senior goaltender Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta), coming off a shutout over Wesleyan in his first start this season, collected 16 saves in today’s game.