HARRISVILLE, R.I. – The No. 8/6 Amherst College women's hockey team downed Nichols College, 8-1 in non-conference action at Levy Rink on Tuesday evening.
With the win, Amherst improves to 11-1-3 on the season, while Nichols falls to 4-10-0 overall. Amherst is currently ranked eighth in the latest USCHO.com Top 10 Coaches Poll, and sixth in the latest D3hockey.com Top 10 Coaches Poll.
Amherst scored three goals in both the first and second periods and capped the performance with two goals in the third.
Erin Martin '16 scored the opening goal of the game at the 3:17 mark when Brenna Sullivan '18 and Caroline Bomstein '16 assisted on the play to give Amherst a 1-0 lead. Lynndy Smith '17 added to the lead when she scored on a pass from Martin at the 6:45 mark to make it 2-0 following a power play. Martin then picked up her third point of the period when she dished a pass to Emily Flom '15 who potted her ninth goal of the season at the 18:44 mark to give the Jeffs a 3-0 lead at the first intermission.
In the second period, Emma Griese '18 increased the advantage to 4-0 with a power play goal following a pass from senior assistant captain Tori Salmon at the 5:40 mark. Sullivan added her sixth of the campaign at the 15:06 mark of the period after receiving an assist from Martin. Salmon then notched her team-leading 13th goal of the season after assists from Alex Toupal '18 and Griese with 24 seconds left in the period to give the Purple & White a commanding 6-0 lead.
Griese and Eileen Harris '16 deposited early goals in the third stanza as Salmon provided the helper at the 3:37 mark, while Audrey Duquette '17 add her assist at the 5:04 mark.
Just one minute later, Nichols pushed one across when Samantha Mead scored her first of the season after a feed from Lisa Coskren to set the final score at 8-1.
Lindsay O'Connell made 41 saves, including 18 in the third period in the losing effort, and falls to 1-5-0 on the season.
Yuna Evans '17 (6-1-1) earned the win after needing to make just one save in the first period. Bailey Plaman '18 played the second and third frames between the pipes and recorded 10 saves, including six in the second to preserve the win.
Amherst is back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 27 when it hosts Salve Regina at 7 p.m. in non-league play at 7 p.m. at Orr Rink.