WATERVILLE, Maine – The No. 9/6 Amherst women's hockey team used a pair of goals from senior assistant captain Tori Salmon to help the Jeffs edge Colby, 2-1 in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC women's hockey game in Waterville, Maine.
With the win, Amherst (10-1-1, 6-0-0 NESCAC) has now won five straight games, while Colby moves to 5-6-0, 0-6-0 in league action.
Amherst came out firing in the first period, needing just 14 seconds to post a 1-0 lead. Salmon lit the lamp for the 11th time this season after receiving assists from Alex Toupal '18 and Caitlyn Ryan '17. The goal highlighted a dominant first 20 minutes for the Jeffs who outshot Colby, 13-4 in the stanza.
In the second frame, the teams had an equal split of 12 shots on target, and both goaltenders were on point as Amherst's Sabrina Dobbins '18 and the Mules' Jessica Thulin made six saves each to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of the Jeffs after 40 minutes of action.
In the third stanza, the Purple & White went on the power play thanks to a roughing call, and at the 3:20 mark, Salmon deposited the puck into the cage for second goal of the contest and 12th of the season to give Amherst a 2-0 cushion. Erin Martin '16 and Lynndy Smith '17 provided helpers on the goal.
Colby was quick to respond as Lauren Guarente found the back of the net for the third time this season to set the score at 2-1 at the 5:02 mark. Katie McLaughlin and Katie Tang assisted on the Mules' lone goal of the contest.
Amherst held an 8-5 advantage in shots on target in the third period as Dobbins made four saves during the frame and finished with 14 for the game to help seal the win.
Thulin made seven of her 25 stops during the third period in the losing effort for Colby.
Amherst was 1-for-6 on the power play, while Colby was 0-for-5 with the extra skater.
The Jeffs return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-17 at Middlebury. Friday's game is set for 7 p.m. with puck drop on Saturday scheduled for 3 p.m.