Brown, Moher Lead Jeffs Past Colby, 3-0
Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. – Mike Moher ’13 and Conor Brown ’16 tallied a goal and an assist each to lead the No. 10 Amherst College men’s hockey team to a 3-0 win over visiting Colby College Saturday at Orr Rink.
The two forwards netted bookending goals during the first period, with Johnny Van Siclen ’13 registering assists on each. Andrew Kurlandski ’14 sent in the final Amherst tally late in the second on an assist from Mike Rowbotham ’15 as the Lord Jeffs improved to 5-3 on the NESCAC season (8-4-1 overall) and the Mules fell to 1-7 (3-9 overall).
Wasting little time, Amherst got on the board just over three minutes into the contest when Brown jammed home the rebound off a Van Siclen shot from the top right, with Moher also earning an assist on the play.
The Jeffs continued to dominate play, tallying a 15-2 shot advantage by the end of the opening period and eventually finding the back of the net again with 30 seconds remaining in the frame. Once again, it was the starting line of forwards doing the damage, as Brown and Van Siclen assisted Moher’s finish from close range.
Colby had its best scoring chance robbed four and half minutes into the second period when Amherst goalie David Cunningham ’16 made a nifty glove save on junior Nick Lanza’s hard shot from the front left. Four minutes later, it was Mule netminder Sam Parker ’15 returning the favor, as he deflected a laser off the stick of Brown over the netting to keep it 2-0.
Amherst came up empty on successive power plays during the latter half of the frame, but the Jeffs eventually struck with 16 seconds remaining before the second intermission. Continuing to pressure, Rowbotham picked the pocket of a Colby defenseman near the net and dumped the puck back to Kurlandski, who fired in a wrist shot from mid-range.
The final frame passed with less excitement as both squads failed to convert power play opportunities. Colby had a strong chance to break the shutout with two minutes remaining as first-year Jonathan Sdao’s hard shot from close range snuck through a crowd near the net but caromed off the left pipe.
Amherst concluded the contest with a 31-4 edge in shots, allowing the Mules no looks on net during the third period. Cunningham needed just four saves for his second career shutout while Parker logged 28 stops during a busy afternoon in net for Colby.
The Jeffs will continue their homestand on Friday, Jan. 11, facing Tufts in a 7 p.m. tilt at Orr Rink.