AMHERST, Mass. – Erin Martin '16 netted the game-winning goal 40 seconds into overtime as the No. 9/7 Amherst College women's ice hockey team posted a thrilling, 3-2 victory over No. 6/6 Norwich University Wednesday evening at Orr Rink.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- With the score knotted at 2-2 following 60 minutes of regulation, Amherst applied immediate pressure to the Norwich goal as Lynndy Smith '17 fired a couple of quick shots that Celeste Robert kicked aside.
- Camille Herzog '17 then ripped a shot on target from the right point that was kicked away by Robert. The puck fell to Eileen Harris '16 who tried to slot in the rebound. Robert attempted to clear the crease, but Martin was there to tip in the rebound for what stood as the game-winner and her third goal of the season.
- Amherst held a decisive, 47-21 advantage in shots on goal, recording 14 in each period of regulation.
- Robert was terrific between the pipes in the losing effort, making 44 saves, while Sabrina Dobbins '18 was stellar in goal for the Purple & White turning away 19 of the Cadets' 21 shots en route to her fifth straight victory.
- After a scoreless first stanza, Amherst was quick out of the gate in the second period as Katelyn Pantera '19 struck for her first collegiate goal just 30 seconds into the frame. Harris had the original shot on the play as the rebound skipped out to Pantera who was crashing the net. Robert was not able to regain her balance and Pantera chipped the puck over her for the game's first goal.
- Six minutes and 10 seconds later, the Purple & White doubled its advantage when Alex Toupal '18 potted her seventh goal of the campaign following a beautiful feed from Smith.
- Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, Norwich rallied as Bryn Labbe collected a perfect pass from the left wing by Sarah Schwenzfeier and deposited the puck into the back of the net to cut the Amherst lead in half at the 2:55 mark. Labbe's fourth goal of the season came on the power play.
- With time winding down in the third period, Schwenzfeier intercepted an attempted clear by the Purple & White defense and delivered the crucial game-tying goal at the 17:16 mark forcing the extra period of play.
- From there, Amherst, which controlled the pace of play throughout the contest, continued to exert its offensive zone pressure setting up Martin's heroics.
- Toupal led the Purple & White with seven shots on goal, while Smith and Martin followed with six shots on frame each.
- Schwenzfeier led Norwich with four shots on goal, while Labbe and Robyn Foley registered three each in the losing effort.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Wednesday's win marks Amherst's first over Norwich since the 2011-12 season when the Purple & White earned a 2-0 victory at Orr Rink (Jan. 24).
- Amherst is back in action, Friday, Dec. 11 when it travels to UMass-Boston for a 7 p.m. non-conference contest.
- The Cadets resume action Jan. 9 at Elmira at 3 p.m.