#4 Amherst College 5, Connecticut College 2
Kelly, Boutet Supply Third Period Scores for Camels
AMHERST, Mass. --(Amherst College Sports Information) The fourth-ranked Amherst College men's hockey team celebrated Senior Day by wrapping up a dominant weekend with a 5-2 win over Connecticut College Sunday afternoon at Orr Rink.
Amherst (18-3-1, 15-1-0 NESCAC) increased its overall win streak to six and has now won 10 consecutive conference games, while the Camels dropped to 6-13-3 overall and 4-10-2 in the NESCAC.
The Camels erupted for eight goals Saturday night against Hamilton, but Nathan Corey '13 and the Amherst defense kept them scoreless for the first 49:34. Andrew Kurlandski '14 and Mike Baran '12 each finished with a goal and an assist for the Jeffs, who scored the game's first four goals and held off a late push from the visitors.
As the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship, Amherst is playing some of its best hockey of the season. The Jeffs are outscoring opponents by a 30-5 margin during their current win streak, having posted three shutouts during that stretch.
Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Mike Moher '13 put the Jeffs on the board 9:32 into the opening period, marking the third consecutive game in which he has scored a goal. Moher's goal came toward the end of a power play, as the Jeffs were 2-for-3 on extra-man opportunities on the day.
The Jeffs scored three times n the second period, beginning with Kurlandski making it a 2-0 game at 7:19. Amherst came away with the puck after a scramble in the neutral zone and found an open Kurlandski, who lifted a wrister from the left circle and beat Mike Petchonka high.
Amherst capitalized on a power play 8:08 later for its third goal of the day. A shot from the point was knocked away by Petchonka, but Nick Brunette '13 was there to bat the puck out of mid-air and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.
The Jeffs' fourth goal came with only 39.8 seconds remaining in the period, as first-year Andrew Fenwick stormed in from the left and beat Petchonka with a high wrist shot for his first collegiate point.
The Camels got on the board 9:35 into the third period when sophomore forward Kevin Kelly recorded his first goal of the season. Kelly received the puck from Keith Veronesi at the left circle with his back to the goal, then turned and fired a wrist shot that got by Corey and made it a 4-1 game.
The Camels pulled Petchonka from the goal for an extra attacker and capitalized on the situation when Julien Boutet scored his second goal of the year with 3:21 on the clock. An initial shot was blocked by Corey, but Boutet was there for a back-handed rebound that went between the legs of the Amherst goalie.
The visitors called a timeout with 1:06 remaining in regulation but could not find a third goal, as Baran closed out the scoring with an empty netter that went nearly the entire length of the ice with 42.7 seconds to play.
Corey improved to 5-2-0 by making 15 saves for Amherst, while Petchonka stopped 32 shots and dropped to 3-4-0. Both teams will close out their regular seasons next weekend. The Camels will fight to keep their playoff hopes alive by hosting Colby and Bowdoin, while the Jeffs will travel to take on Middlebury and Williams.
February 12, 2012