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Amherst Defeats Men’s Ice Hockey in Battle for Second Place

Ryan Petti

AMHERST, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to Amherst in a battle for second place in the NESCAC standings at Orr Rink on Sunday afternoon.

The outcome allowed the Mammoths to hop over the Camels and into second place in the NESCAC standings. Only four points separate the second and seventh-place teams heading into the final weekend of play.

Amherst (11-7-4, NESCAC 8-4-4) quickly scored on its first shot attempt of the game at the 1:21 mark and never trailed in the contest. Jack Fitzgerald wristed a hard shot that bounced off the shoulder of sophomore netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) and over the goal line. Connecticut College responded when freshman Bryan Ackil (Southboro, Mass.) roofed a rebound off an initial attempt taken by sophomore Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) at 8:26, but the Mammoths had an answer just before the intermission when Thomas Lindstrom collected a rebound and finished on an open net.

The hosts then used the momentum to tally an additional goal in the second and third periods. Joey Lupo doubled the margin at 3-1 when he backhanded a shot past Rodericks at the 9:39 mark of the second, and Lindstrom netted his second marker for insurance on a power play opportunity with less than six minutes remaining in regulation.

Connor Girard picked up the victory between the pipes for Amherst by making 23 saves. Rodericks turned away 30 shots to end the weekend with 80 saves for the Camels in the setback.

Connecticut College (9-10-3, NESCAC 8-5-3), which has already clinched a playoff spot, will look to earn home ice advance in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament when it wraps up the regular season with two home games next weekend. The Camels will first face Colby on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m.