Jeffs' Four-Game Win Streak Snapped at Salem State

Head coach Jack Arena '83 and the Lord Jeffs suffered their third 1-0 loss of the season.
SALEM, MA – The Amherst College men’s ice hockey team had its four-game winning streak snapped by the Vikings of Salem State College, as the Lord Jeffs suffered a 1-0 loss Saturday afternoon at Richard H. Rockett Ice Arena in Salem.

Salem State (8-5-1 overall, 4-5 ECAC East/NESCAC) received a second-period lamplighter from first-year forward Matt Johnson, whose unassisted scoring strike at 16:31 of the middle stanza was the first of his collegiate career.  The speedy forward forced an Amherst defender to cough up the puck deep in the visitors’ zone and then surprised sophomore net-minder Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, AB) with a quick snap shot under his outstretched leg pads.

Anderson finished with 21 saves, marking the third time this season the sophomore standout has made at least 20 saves in a game in which the Jeffs were handed a 1-0 loss.

Amherst (8-4-1overall, 6-2-1 NESCAC/ECAC East) entered the contest as the top team in the NESCAC, while the Vikings came into this afternoon's contest in a four-way tie for sixth place in the ECAC East standings.

Salem State senior goaltender Ryan Hatch, who stopped 36 shots against Hamilton on Friday, earned the game's No. 1 star, turning aside 25 Amherst shots. Hatch was particularly sharp over the final 20 minutes, making 10 saves.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday, Jan. 23, when they host Castleton State College at 7 p.m.