Men's hockey holds lead after two in loss to Amherst

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 4, 2012
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Chris Buonomo had a goal against Amherst. (Dustin Satloff '12 photo)

AMHERST, Mass. –-- A day after winning on the road at Hamilton College, the Colby College men's hockey team gave fifth-ranked Amherst College fits for two periods before the Lord Jeffs rallied for a 5-2 win on Saturday.
The Mules (5-14, 2-12 NESCAC) scored the game’s first goal and carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, but the Lord Jeffs (16-3-1, 13-1 NESCAC) accounted for the only four goals of the final 20 minutes.
Jonathan La Rose stopped 23 shots to help Amherst, while Matt Delaney made 36 saves for the second time in as many days.

Colby got on the board early on a quick counterattack. Senior forward Matt Rappaport played the puck ahead to Spike Smigelski, whose wrist shot from the right circle beat La Rose stick-side 2:28 into the opening period.

Mike Rowbotham tied things up at 11:44 with a goal while Amherst was on the power play. The Jeffs strung together crisp passes until Rowbotham fired a shot from just outside the right circle, hitting the bottom of the crossbar and getting a favorable bounce to put Amherst on the board.

The Mules regained the lead at 2-1 with 10:57 to play in the second period. Senior forward Chris Buonomo collected a loose puck deep in the Amherst zone and chipped a backhanded attempt that hit the right post and got past La Rose, marking his second goal of the season.
Delaney maintained the lead for Colby by making 15 saves in the first period and 14 in the second.
Amherst's Andrew Kurlandski tied the game at 2-2 when he collected the puck along the left boards after a Colby turnover and immediately sniped a wrist shot underneath the crossbar at the 2:36 mark. The eventual game winner was scored by Rowbotham, who again put the finishing touch on an Amherst power play.
Mike Moher added an insurance goal for the hosts when he intercepted a pass deep in Colby’s defensive end. As the only Amherst player in sight, Moher skated in all alone and switched to his backhand before sneaking a shot past Delaney, who got a piece of the puck but could not prevent it from trickling over the goal line.

Amherst senior co-captain Eddie Effinger added the finishing touch on an empty-net goal with only 14 seconds on the clock.
The Mules will host Trinity College on Friday at 7 p.m.


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