#15 Amherst College 4 Connecticut College 1 Belisle Pots Team-Leading Eighth Goal of the Season for Camels

#15 Amherst College 4 Connecticut College 1 Belisle Pots Team-Leading Eighth Goal of the Season for Camels

AMHERST, Mass. – Four different skaters tallied goals for the Purple & White as the No. 15 Amherst College men's ice hockey team downed NESCAC foe Connecticut College, 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink. 

With the win, Amherst improves to 9-3-1 on the season and to 5-3-1 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 3-9-1 overall (1-6-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 20 when they host No. 6/5 Hamilton College for a 7 p.m. conference battle. 

Amherst needed just 5:01 to take the lead, with Will Vosejpka '18 tallying his fifth score of the year 5:01 into the matchup to give the Purple & White a 1-0 edge. Causing a turn over in the left corner following a great individual effort on the forecheck, Joey Lupo '20 dished a pass to a wide-open Vosejpka on the right post who one-timed a shot into the netting.

Threatening once again at the 4:03 mark, Tyler Granara '18 nearly doubled Amherst's lead after earning a breakaway opportunity, but Camels netminder Avery Gabbo was up to the task and registered the clutch save.

Holding momentum and rattling off five shots in the closing two minutes of the opening period, Connecticut College nearly evened the score with 40 seconds on the clock, but Jeff Thompson's uncontested shot from the slot sailed just wide of the goal.

Greg Krisberg '20 made it a 2-0 contest in favor of the Purple & White 6:37 into the second stanza, collecting a pass from Granara at the top of the left circle and ripping a wrist shot over the shoulder of the Camel netminder, short-side.

Responding less than a minutes later, Brian Belisle netted his team-leading eighth goal of the season on the power play at the 13:37 mark. Redirecting a shot from the point, Connor Girard '19 stonewalled the initial attempt, but Belisle gathered his own rebound and sent the puck over the goal line.

Adding an insurance score with 9:14 to play in regulation, David White '18 extended Amherst's lead to 3-1. Powering a shot towards frame from the point, Noah Gilreath's '20 shot went wide of the net, however it bounced directly to White in the low slot who one-timed a shot over the pad of the Camel goalkeeper.

The Purple & White netted the final dagger with 38 seconds on the clock, as Thomas Lindstrom '18 scored a short-handed empty net goal to lift Amherst to the 4-1 victory.

GAME NOTES

·      Girard (5-3-1) made 22 saves in goal to earn the win for Amherst, while Gabbo (1-2-1) recorded 26 stops for the Camels in the losing effort.

·      Amherst owned a 30-23 edge in shot differential in the matchup.

·      Both sides converted on the power play, with the Purple & White going 1-for-6 and Connecticut College finishing 1-for-5.