AMHERST, Mass. – Topher Flanagan '16 scored the lone goal for the Amherst men's hockey team as the Jeffs skated to a 1-1 overtime draw against NESCAC rival Conn. College Saturday night at Orr Rink.
With the tie, Amherst (13-6-2, 11-3-1 NESCAC) extended its unbeaten streak against the Camels (7-12-2, 6-8-1 NESCAC) to 10 straight games.
Amherst got on the board first and after nearly 11 minutes of scoreless action, the Jeffs found the back of the net. Flanagan sent one from the right goal line under the pads of Conn. College goalie Mike Petchonka '14 and was assisted by Elliot Bostrom '14 on the play. The Jeffs took the 1-0 lead at 10:50 while Amherst net-minder Dave Cunningham '16 stopped all six shots his way in the opening frame.
Both defenses held strong in the second period, allowing a total of eight shots on net. Amherst successfully killed three penalties but managed only two of those eight shots.
The best chance for a score by either team came in the closing minutes of the frame when Brendan Burke '16 skated past Connecticut College defenders to create a 1v1 opportunity. Attempting to slot it in the top left corner, his shot was blocked by the shoulder of Petchonka. The puck dropped in front of the net but no Jeff was in sight to capitalize on the rebound as the Camels gained possession.
After nearly two full periods of scoreless action, the Camels evened the score at 7:12 of the third. Mike Sinsigalli '14 fired a shot a net, which bounced off the pads of Cunningham to Will Einstein '14 who found the back of the net. Neither team could score the remainder of regulation and would enter overtime tied, 1-1.
The defenses remained solid in the final period, allowing just one shot on goal en route to the 1-1 tie. Cunningham recorded 19 saves between the posts for the Jeffs and Petchonka made 15 stops for the Camels. Neither team could capitalize on their power play opportunities as the Camels finished 0-for-4 and Amherst went 0-for-2.