The Lord Jeffs jumped out of the gate, when sophomore forward Anna MacLean (Edina, MN) netted an unassisted goal just one minute and eight seconds into the first period. MacLean took control of the puck just over the blue line, streaking in on net, and was able to scoot a wrist shot under first year Hamilton goaltender Meg Shine.
With Amherst clinging to its one goal lead, and eight minutes remaining in the opening frame, points leader Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) was set up beautifully on the crease, but was unable to push the puck by Shine who was sprawling back across the goal to keep the game tight. As the first period came to a close, the shot count was notched at ten apiece.
Amherst returned from the first intermission still leading the Continentals 1-0, when they were whistled for a tripping penalty during a 4-on-4 opportunity. As Hamilton's penalty expired they were awarded a two-man advantage, while Amherst hoped to merely maintain their lead. As time ticked off the clock, and Amherst players exploded from the penalty box, Amherst saw its chance to expand their lead. Sophomore defender Julie Radziewicz (Orlando, FL) was sprung free on a one-on-one break with the goalie, and flipped the puck into the upper corner.
The remaining thirteen minutes of the second period went scoreless, while Amherst dominated the run of play, creating a number of scoring chances. As the third period opened, Amherst was forced into a penalty kill situation, only to draw a hooking penalty on Hamilton which seconds remaining on the kill. The resulting power play offered Amherst a chance to expand on their two-goal lead.
As time expired on the penalty, Amherst first year defender Kristen Dier (Appleton, WI) let a hard slap shot fly from the blue line, but Shine was up for the challenge, making the nice save. With seven minutes remaining, Amherst found the net for their third goal of the night on what was perhaps the best play of the game. A beautiful one-two passing combination between Dier and Karega resulted in Dier's third goal of the season.
As the final whistle blew, Amherst recorded their fifth win of the season 3-0. The Lord Jeffs will face the visiting Trinity College Bantams tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at Orr Rink.