Jeffs Tame Camels, 4-2

Contact: Matthew Hart


NEW LONDON, Conn. – Brian Safstrom ’14 and Mike Rowbotham ’15 tallied a goal and an assist each and Andrew Kurlandski ’14 dished out three helpers as the Amherst College men’s hockey team held off Connecticut College, 4-2, on Sunday.

Improving to 13-5-3 (9-4-2 NESCAC), the Lord Jeffs jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by James Hawkrigg ’13, Safstrom and Johnny Van Siclen ’13 before the midpoint of the second period. The Camels (7-11-3, 3-9-3 NESCAC) scored twice over the remainder of the contest but an insurance tally from Rowbotham iced the win for Amherst.

Things started strong for the Jeffs, as Hawkrigg opened the scoring 11:45 into the first frame cashing in on an Amherst power play with assists from Rowbotham and Kurlandski. Safstrom padded the lead just 87 seconds into the second period, with Elliot Bostrom ’14 and Kurlandski picking up the helpers.

Just over five minutes later, Van Siclen netted the eventual winner, his 12th of the year with Mike Moher ’13 notching his 15th assist and Kevin Ryder ’16 adding a helper as well.

Continuing the busy second, Sean Murray brought the Camels within two with six minutes remaining, but Rowbotham quickly quashed hopes of a comeback, striking just over two minutes later to make it 4-1 on assists from Safstrom and Kurlandski.

With Amherst holding the three-goal advantage for much of the third, Tim DiPretoro sent in the final Conn. College tally with just over five minutes left in the contest.

The teams were even in shots at 24 as Nathan Corey ’13 finished with 22 saves for Amherst, improving to 9-4-2 on the year. Tom Conlin stopped 20 Jeff shots for Conn. College.

Amherst will be right back in action on Monday, Feb. 11 at Tufts.