NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) set up a pair of goals, but it wasn't enough, as the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team fell to Amherst by a score of 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.
After the Camels recognized their five-member senior class with a pregame ceremony, the teams quickly exchanged goals to start the game. The Mammoths scored first and just 1:03 into the contest on a play that began when Phil Johansson fired in the puck from the right point that was eventually collected by Stanley Brenner and sent home by P.J. Conlon.
Connecticut College, however, had an answer just 54 seconds later. Capozzi received a pass from freshman Steven Senese (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) up the ice and charged in against goalie Giancarlo Ventre. The sophomore rifled a shot that went wide, but it took a Camel-friendly bounce and eventually found the stick of freshman Anthony Quatieri (Peabody, Mass.) who tapped home. The Camels would then take their first lead before the intermission when junior Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) rocketed in a rebound off an initial shot taken by Capozzi at the 13:05 mark of the frame.
Amherst, which outshot the hosts by an 18-6 margin in the opening frame, kept shooting in the next frame and its efforts finally paid off when Johannson finished passes from Steven Mallory and Conlon on a 5-on-3 power play at the 8:59 mark of the frame. The Mammoths thought they took the lead with 10:06 remaining in the second in a 5-on-4 situation, but the goal was called back due to a crease violation. Junior Rory Garlasco (Wayne, N.J.) blocked a shot taken by Pieter von Stein and Nick Bondra sent the puck into the nylon by collecting the rebound. However, an Amherst forward was in the crease.
Despite having a goal called back, the Mammoths were able to score the eventual game-winning marker on another rebound and scrum in front of the net. Max Roche tipped a Stephen Rex rebound in midair to a racing Noah Gilreath, who knocked the goal out of place after sending the puck past junior Avery Gobbo (Mississauga, Ontario). The teams then played a scoreless third period, allowing the Mammoths to come away with the win.
Ventre turned away 24 shots to pick up the victory between the pipes for Amherst (11-6-4, NESCAC 8-4-4), while Gobbo suffered the loss despite making 35 saves.
Connecticut College (6-15-1, NESCAC 2-13-1) will look to remain in playoff contention when it next visits Colby on Friday evening at 7 p.m.