HARTFORD, Conn. — No. 7 Amherst scored a pair of goals less than three minutes apart in the second period en route to a 3-0 shutout win against NESCAC rival Trinity.
The first-place Lord Jeffs improved to 14-3-1 (11-1-0 NESCAC) after sweeping their season series with Trinity. The Bantams fell to 7-8-2 (4-6-2 NESCAC) with the loss.
Hoping to get Amherst off to a fast start, Erik Hansen wasted no time putting the visitors on the board, tallying his fourth goal of the year 3:31 into the opening frame on a rebound off a shot from Brian Safstrom.
Holding a 14-10 shot advantage after the first, the Jeffs looked to carry their momentum into the middle period, with Hansen once again factoring into the scoring, assisting on Nick Brunette’s tally 5:28 into the stanza.
Just 2:28 later Ryan Edwards extended the Amherst lead with his second goal of the season, staking the Jeffs to a 3-0 margin.
Closing the game strong, Amherst held a 10-7 edge in shots-on-goal in the final period en route to its sixth win in seven games.
Jonathan LaRose posted his second consecutive shutout, making 28 saves to improve to 10-1-1 on the year. Trinity’s Benjamin Coulthard made 34 stops in the loss, falling to 5-5-2 on the season.
Amherst finished with a 37-28 shot advantage, going 0-1 on the power play, while holding the Bantams scoreless during a pair of man-up opportunities.