Jeffs Pummel No. 15 Westfield State, 6-0
Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. – Johnny Van Siclen ’13 scored a pair of first-period goals as the No. 8 Amherst College men’s hockey team raced to a 6-0 non-conference win over No. 15 Westfield State University Tuesday night at Orr Rink. Conor Brown ’16 and Mike Rowbotham ’15 each tallied a goal and an assist for the Lord Jeffs (3-0-0) and Aaron Deutsch ’15 added a pair of helpers as Amherst handed the Owls (6-1-0) their first setback of the season.
After a pair of 1-0 wins over the weekend, offense was hardly lacking Tuesday night for Amherst, as Deutsch set up Van Siclen for his first tally 9:49 into the contest, then co-captains Brandon Hew ’13 and Mike Moher ’13 assisted the senior’s second strike of the period at the 19:24 mark.
The Jeffs made things comfortable in the second period, with Brown assisting Rowbotham on the power play at 6:18 before the two swapped roles on a second man-up goal 10:29 into the frame, with Nick Brunette ’13 also assisting Brown’s second tally of a promising rookie campaign. Eddie Davey ’14 replaced Ian Perrier ’15 in net for Westfield after the goal, but the Jeffs sent in another just over two minutes later, this one a short-handed score at 12:32 by Elliot Bostrom ’14, with Brian Safstrom ’14 earning his second assist of the year.
Amherst tacked on a third-period goal 6:49 into the final frame as James Hawkrigg ’13 netted his first of the season, with Mike Cashman ’15 tallying his second assist and Deutsch his team-leading fourth.
Dave Cunningham ’16 made his first start of the season in net for Amherst, saving 14 shots in the winning effort, while Perrier made 22 stops for the Owls and Davey added nine.
Outshooting the visitors 37-14, The Jeffs were an impressive 3-for-6 on the power play, while Westfield finished 0-for-5.
After a quick Thanksgiving break, Amherst will be back on the ice Friday, Nov. 23 as Gustavus Adolphus College makes the trip east from Minnesota for a 7 p.m. contest. Westfield State returns to action Thursday, Nov. 29, hosting UMass-Dartmouth.