Jeffs Win 5th Straight with 4-2 Victory Over Colby

With another three-point game, Landers
now has 25 points on the year.
AMHERST, MA – The 13th-ranked Amherst College men’s ice hockey team won its 5th straight game with a 4-2 victory over Colby College this evening in NESCAC play at Orr Rink in Amherst. The Lord Jeffs improved to 13-4-1 (11-2-1 NESCAC) on the year, while the White Mules dropped to 5-11-3 (3-9-2).

The first period came and went without either team scoring a goal, and a number of penalties being called throughout the frame. Amherst’s Jonathan La Rose (Boyle, AB) and Colby’s Cody McKinney each kept a clean sheet in between the pipes during the period, with La Rose holding a 13-12 edge in saves.

Amherst needed 11:56 of the second period to break open the scoreless tie with a goal from senior captain Jeff Landers (Hanover, MA). Landers took a pass from classmate Will Collins (Edina, MN) and scored from the slot, while Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) grabbed the other assist.

In the closing moments of the middle period, Landers struck again for his seventh goal of the season. Assists on the score went to junior Teddy Vickers (Chilliwack, BC) and first-year Mark Colp (Wareham, MA).

Colby was able to cut Amherst’s lead in half just 2:24 into the third period on a score from Chris Buonomo. Helpers on the White Mule goal were awarded to Wil Hartigan and Bill Crinnion.

The Lord Jeffs responded just over three minutes later when junior Jack Baer (Edina, MN) scored on a shot from the right side. Landers earned his third point of the game on an assist, with Powers taking the other assist.

Amherst senior Femi Amurawaiye (Whitby, ON) scored a crowd-pleasing empty-net goal with just 1:02 to play, as his shot went from beyond center ice into the Bowdoin goal, rolling on end the entire way.

Colby finished the night on a strong note, with Bobby Sullivan scoring on a rebound goal with just 13 seconds to play. Matt Strickland and Chris Talbert grabbed assists on the game’s final score.

When the final horn went, Amherst took home a 4-2 victory to open the weekend. La Rose finished the night with 33 saves for his 8th win of the season, while McKinney made 32 stops in the loss. The Lord Jeffs will host Bowdoin College tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.