Jeffs Take Second Nail-Biter from Hamilton, 1-0
Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. – Conor Brown ’16 made his first collegiate goal count, as the rookie tallied the game-winner 5:54 into the third period, lifting the No. 6 Amherst College men’s hockey team past visiting Hamilton College, 1-0, on Saturday night at Orr Rink.
For the second consecutive night the Lord Jeffs (2-0-0, 2-0-0 NESCAC) and Continentals (0-2-0, 0-2-0 NESCAC) played a tight one, with Amherst victorious by the same 1-0 margin in Friday night’s season opener in Clinton.
After two periods of scoreless play, Brown’s winner came on a rebound after sophomore Aaron Deutsch’s rip from the right faceoff circle was blocked at close range. Deutsch was credited with his second assist of the year on the tally, while Brian Safstrom ’14 also earned a helper.
Play was even throughout the first period, but Amherst nearly got on the board in the middle of the second, with Deutsch just missing on a pair of shots during a power play near the eight-minute mark. With the Jeffs going on a second power play moments later, Mike Cashman ’15 nearly found the back of the net, but Joe Quattrocchi ’14 was up to the task in between the pipes for Hamilton.
Cashman fired a strong attempt from the left side in the final minute of the period, but another nice save from Quattrocchi kept the teams scoreless heading into the second intermission.
With Brown’s tally staking Amherst to a lead, Hamilton went on the attack with plenty of time still remaining, but the Jeff defense stood firm. With the Continentals on power play shortly after the midway mark of the period, Nathan Corey ’13 made a pair of fine saves in close succession to keep the hosts ahead.
With just over four minutes left, Hamilton’s Anthony Ruberto ’13 found room in the Jeff defense, but Corey stepped up again, stopping his open close-range look. With the guests pulling Quattrocchi at the 18:35 mark, Amherst’s defense made a final stand as Mike DiMare ’14 missed off the left pipe and Corey stifled a pair of shots in the closing seconds to ice the win for the Jeffs.
Quattrocchi finished with 21 saves for the Continentals and Corey stopped 22 for Amherst, earning his second shutout of the young campaign as the teams tallied an even 22 shots on goal apiece. Both squads went 0-for-5 on the power play.
Both squads return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with the Jeffs hosting Westfield State in a 7 p.m. bout and Hamilton traveling to Hobart.