Jeffs Race Past Tufts, 6-1

Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information


MALDEN, Mass. - Andrew Kurlandski ’14 scored twice as the 10th-ranked Amherst College men's hockey team posted a 6-1 victory at Tufts in make-up NESCAC action at Valley Forum II on Monday night.

The Lord Jeffs scored six unanswered goals in the game after falling behind 1-0. With the two points, Amherst (14-5-3) vaulted into a three-way tie for second place in the league standings with a 10-4-2 mark.

The Jumbos took an early lead when William Seller ’15 netted his first career goal at the 12:38 mark of the opening period. Trailing 1-0, Amherst scored three times in the second period to take control.

Brian Safstrom ’14 lit the lamp with an unassisted tally 4:29 into the frame before helping set up Kurlandski's eventual game-winner at 7:27. Sophomore Andrew Fenwick snapped a wrist shot past Phillips from the left face-off circle at the 13:18 mark to give the Lord Jeffs a 3-1 margin.

Kurlandski's second of the game came on a power play just 1:27 into the third period before the Jeffs capped off the scoring with goals by Dylan Trumble '13 and Kevin Ryder ’16 just 21 seconds apart.

Like Safstrom, Fenwick finished with a goal and an assist. Senior James Hawkrigg had two assists, while Nathan Corey ’13 picked up his 10th win with 23 saves.

Brian Phillips ’14 recorded 28 saves for Tufts, while substitute Greg Jenkins ’14 stopped all six shots that he faced.

Amherst, which held a 40-26 shot-on-goal advantage while going 2-for-4 on the power play, returns to action on Friday, Feb. 15 against archrival Williams.