Purple Knights Stifled by Amherst in Non-Conference Matchup

Purple Knights Stifled by Amherst in Non-Conference Matchup

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to Amherst College during Tuesday's non-conference contest at Cairns Arena.             

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-6-1), Amherst (1-1)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers), 1 goal
  • Junior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School), 27 saves
  • Sophomore Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express), 9-for-17 on faceoffs
  • Sophomore Cameron Stewart (Sabbatus, Maine/East Coast Wizards), 3 blocks

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Patrick Daly, 2 goals
  • Sophomore Nick Bondra, 3 assists
  • Junior Joey Lupo, 1 goal, 12-for-18 on faceoffs
  • Sophomore Michael Cullen, 19 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Last game in a five-game home stretch for the Purple Knights. The Purple and Gold is on the road for two straight games before returning to face Stonehill College on Dec. 4 for its final home game of the first semester.

THE ACTION

  • The Purple Knights had a chance to capitalize around the four-minute mark in the first period as first-year Matt Egan (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) made a behind-the-back pass to Flack, who one-timed the puck from the low slot, but was denied on a kick save by Cullen.
  • With 16:23 gone in the first period the Mammoths netted the first goal of the game, a rebound goal by Lupo, who roofed a shot after corralling Bondra's initial shot that was saved by Decker.
  • The Mammoths tallied their second goal on a power play 6:23 into the second period when Bondra ripped a shot from the left circle that deflected off the stick of Daly and slipped between Decker's legs.
  • The Mammoths netted another power-play goal at the 15:58 mark as senior Paul Johannson rifled a shot from the blue line that deflected off of Decker's pads to Daly, who shuffled it between Decker's legs as he was falling over.
  • The Purple Knights got on the board 16:33 into the third period when Flack intercepted a pass from an Amherst defender in the neutral zone and beat Cullen one-on-one with a backhander into the left side for a shorthanded goal, and his team-leading fourth marker of the season.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Tuesday at Tufts University, 7 p.m.