WATERVILLE, Maine – Mike Moher scored his second power play goal of the game with 7:54 left in the third period as seventh-ranked Amherst earned a hard-fought 3-2 win against Colby at Alfond Rink.
After suffering their first loss in NESCAC play at Bowdoin Friday evening, the Jeffs rebounded, improving to 9-2-1 overall and 6-1-0 in conference action. With the loss, the Mules fell to 3-8-0 (1-7-0 NESCAC). The win marks Amherst’s first triumph against Colby in three seasons, having lost to the Mules a year ago after earning a tie during the 2009-10 campaign.
Hoping to get the Jeffs off to a fast start, Moher took advantage of an early man-up advantage; netting his third power play goal of the season 14:14 into the first period before classmate Mike Cashman buried his second goal of the year at 17:16 to give the Jeffs a 2-0 edge.
Looking to climb back into the game, Colby battled back when Mike Doherty scored his fourth goal of 2011-12 at 16:28 of the second period.
Still trailing 2-1 at the start of the third, Doherty helped pull the home team even, notching his 50th career assist on junior Cory McGrath’s game-tying goal 6:15 into the frame.
With both teams looking for a game-winner halfway through the final period, the Mules were called for a cross-checking penalty at 11:12, allowing Moher to put the Jeffs on top less than a minute later off a feed from Nick Brunette.
Despite Colby finishing with a slight 25-23 shot advantage, Amherst finished 2-for-4 on the power play, helping to secure their ninth victory of the year.
Junior netminder Nathan Corey stopped 23 shots for the Lord Jeffs, while Matt Delaney made 20 saves in the loss.