Amherst, Mass. - Senior Brian Safstrom scored two goals to lead the Amherst College Lord Jeffs men's ice hockey team to a 3-1 win against the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action this evening at Orr Rink. Trinity falls to 2-1 overall and in the NESCAC, while Amherst improves to 3-0 overall and in the league.
Trinity led, 1-0 early, but the Jeffs scored three-straight goals. The Bantams came out hot and got on the board early as first-year Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.) found the back of the net in just over two minutes of action. With the early score, Trinity had set the tempo for the first period and remained the aggressors for most of the first 20 minutes with a 10-3 shot advantage.
Amherst had a great chance to tie the game early in the period but Safstrom was denied twice by Trinity senior goalie Ben Coulthard (South Windsor, Conn.). With Trinity up two skaters, Andrew Kurlandski stole the puck and Amherst tied the game at the 11:33 mark. Safstrom punched in the game-winner with a man advantage early in the third period, but Trinity junior defenseman Greg Rooney (Worcester, Mass.) nearly tied when he bounced one off Amherst goalie Dave Cunningham. Bantam sophomore forward Michael Hawkrigg (Toronto, Ontario) was there for the rebound but his attempt was denied as well. With Coulthard pulled, Safstrom scored a shorthanded insurance tally as the Jeffs pulled away, 3-1. Cunningham made 26 saves in net for Amherst and Coulthard recorded 23 stops between the pipes for Trinity.