Men's hockey drops conference game to Lord Jeffs

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 5, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. --- The Colby College men's hockey team gave up an early goal in the opening period and allowed two goals in the final 30 seconds of the opening two periods in a 3-0 loss at Amherst College on Saturday in NESCAC play.

Mike Moher and Conor Brown tallied a goal and an assist each to lead the Lord Jeffs. The two forwards struck goals during the first period, with Johnny Van Siclen registering assists on each. Andrew Kurlandski sent in the final Amherst tally late in the second on an assist from Mike Rowbotham as the Lord Jeffs improved to 5-3 on the conference season (8-4-1 overall) and the Mules fell to 1-7 (3-9 overall).

Wasting little time, Amherst got on the board just over three minutes into the contest when Brown jammed home the rebound of a Van Siclen shot from the top right, with Moher also earning an assist on the play.

The Jeffs had a 15-2 shot advantage by the end of the opening period and eventually found the back of the net with just 30 seconds left. Brown and Van Siclen assisted Moher's finish from close range.

Colby had its best scoring chance robbed four and half minutes into the second period when Amherst goalie David Cunningham made a nifty glove save on Nick Lanza's hard shot from the front left. Four minutes later, it was Mule keeper Sam Parker returning the favor, as he knocked a laser off the stick of Brown over the netting to keep it 2-0.

Amherst came up empty on successive power plays during the second half of the frame, but the Jeffs eventually struck with just 16 seconds remaining before the intermission. Continuing to pressure, Rowbotham picked the pocket of a Colby defensemen near the net and dumped the puck back to Kurlandski, who fired in a wrist shot from mid-range.

The final frame passed with less excitement as both squads failed to convert power play chances. Colby had a strong chance to break the shutout with two minutes remaining when Jonathan Sdao's hard shot from close range snuck through a crowd near the net and caromed off the left pipe.

Amherst concluded the contest with a 31-4 edge in shots, allowing the Mules no looks on net during the third period. Cunningham needed just four saves for his second career shutout, while Parker logged 28 stops.

Amherst 3, Colby 0

Colby 0#0#0----0

Amherst 2#1#0----3

1st period

A: Conor Brown (Johnny Van Siclen, Mike Moher), 3:06

A: Mike Moher (Johnny Van Siclen, Conor Brown), 19:30

2nd period

A: Andrew Kurlandski (Mike Rowbotham), 19:44 

Shots: Colby 4, Amherst 31. Power play: Colby 0-1, Amherst 0-3. Penalties/Minutes: Colby 4-16, Amherst 1-2. Goalies: Dave Cunningham (Amherst, 60:00, 0 GA, 4 saves); Sam Parker (Colby, 60:00, 3 GA, 28 saves).

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