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Amherst men’s hockey runs unbeaten streak to 10 games

For the Gazette
Published: 2/15/2020 9:37:31 PM

AMHERST — The Amherst College men’s hockey team stretched its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 4-2 win over Tufts on Saturday, capping off a two-win weekend at Orr Rink.

Goalkeeper Giancarlo Ventre, defensemen Mark Esposito, Noah Gilreath, A.J. Klein, Greg Krisberg, forward Patrick Daly and captains P.J. Conlon and Joey Lupo were recognized in an on-ice ceremony prior to the game for senior day.

“Class of 2020 has had a great four years here and it was nice to cap it off with a win today and a four-point weekend,” Conlon said. “We’ve caught fire and that is 10 in a row unbeaten, so just to get that momentum going into the playoffs.”

Amherst (9-9-4, 7-6-3 NESCAC) never trailed. The Mammoths led 2-1 after the first period but Tufts tied the game with a short-handed goal in the second. Matteo Mangiardi gave Amherst a 3-2 lead entering the third.

Lupo gave Amherst a 4-2 lead 19 seconds into the third. Amherst then fended off three Tufts power plays on the third.

“The goal in the beginning of the third was big and then when we did not have to kill the penalties, I thought we did a good job playing with the lead late,” Amherst coach Jack Arena said.

Seniors contributed on every goal. Lupo and Conlon each had a goal and an assist. Daly scored once.

“(The seniors) are a big, talented group and they’ve played a pretty integral role all the way through,” Arena said. “We were sitting at last place in the league in January and I think today we just clinched a playoff spot.”

Ventre made 26 saves for Amherst, which has two road games against Middlebury and Williams to close the regular season.

“I’ve coached for 37 years and through the midway point (of the season) 2-9-1 is the worst record we have ever had, and it is easy to pack your bags and say this is not our year, but they did not,” Arena added. “They just kept working and that shows a lot of what they are about.”

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