Amherst Picks up 3-1 Win at Southern Maine

First-year Mike Baran scored Amherst's eventual game-winner in the second period.
Courtesy of USM Sports Information

GORHAM, ME – Sophomore goaltender Jonathan La Rose (Boyle, AB) stopped 23 of 24 shots as the Amherst College men’s ice hockey team defeated the University of Southern Maine, 3-1, Friday night in an ECAC East-NESCAC inter-league game at the USM Ice Arena.

The win extends the Lord Jeffs winning streak to four games, and improves their record to 8-3-1 overall and 6-1-1 in league play. The Huskies had their modest two-game winning streak stopped to fall to 7-7-0 overall and 4-4-0 in league games.

La Rose made 12 saves in the final period as Southern Maine pressured Amherst while trying to overcome a 2-0 deficit. The Huskies cut the margin in half at 6:08 when sophomore Paul Conter netted a power-play goal set up by senior Dan Gordon and junior Pat Noonan. La Rose held his ground the rest of the way, including the final minute when USM had the goalie out for the extra attacker.

While Amherst was enjoying a seven-minute man advantage, junior Keith Nelson (Manalapan, NJ) snapped a scoreless tie at 10:22 of the second period with a power-play goal, assisted by junior Ted Vickers (Chilliwack, BC) and Jeff Landers (Hanover, MA).

First-year Mike Baran (Duxbury, MA) doubled the Lord Jeffs’ lead with a second power-play goal at 16:08, marking his second goal of the season. Vickers and Nelson picked up the helpers. Sophomore Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA) closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1.1 seconds left in the game.

USM freshman goalie Koray Celik played an outstanding game in a losing effort, making 37 saves before being lifted.

Southern Maine returns to action Saturday afternoon when it hosts Hamilton College, while Amherst travels to play at Salem State College Saturday at 3 p.m. The Lord Jeffs are an impressive 7-1-1 in their last nine games.