AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 6/5 Amherst women's ice hockey team used a four-goal first period to power past archrival Williams College, 5-0, Friday evening at the fourth annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser.
Williams (11-6-0, 7-4-0 NESCAC)
Amherst (12-1-3, 8-1-3 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In an explosive start, Amherst found the back of the net on three of its first five shots of the game. The Purple & White finished the opening period with a 4-0 lead.
- Williams held a slight 34-29 advantage in shots on frame, including an 18-10 edge in the second period.
- Erin Martin '16 led the Purple & White with four shots in the matchup, while Michaela Levine put 5 shots on target for the Ephs.
- Sabrina Dobbins '18 (10-1-3) collected 34 saves in the shutout victory, while Margaret Draper (2-1-0) turned away 24 of Amherst's 29 shots.
- Amherst and Williams ended the first period in a 12-12 deadlock in shots on goal, however the Purple & White converted on four of their shots to take a 4-0 lead into the second stanza.
- Sophomore Alex Toupal started the game off with a bang, needing just 37 seconds to give Amherst a 1-0 advantage. Following the opening faceoff, Toupal stole the puck at the offensive blue line and ripped a shot from the top of the left circle over the shoulder of the Williams net minder. The unassisted tally marked her team-leading 12th goal of the season.
- Five minutes later, captain Erin Martin '15 made it a 2-0 contest. Entering the zone on an odd-woman rush, Toupal sent a shot from the right circle off the pad of Margaret Draper. Positioned in front of the net, Martin corralled the rebound and sent the puck into the netting.
- At the 11:31 mark, Jamie McNamara gave the Purple & White a three-goal cushion as she stole a D-to-D pass in the offensive zone and sent a shot top-shelf past goaltender Margaret Draper.
- The Ephs forced an impressive play by Dobbins with 7:25 to play in the first, with Dobbins turning away Hanna Beattie's shot off a rebound with a split pad save.
- Kristen Molina '18 rounded out Amherst scoring in the first period, sending a wrist shot from the right point through traffic and into the top corner of the goal to give the Purple & White a four-goal lead. The score was the first of Molina's collegiate career.
- Both Amherst and Williams were held scoreless in the second period, with Williams holding a slight 8-6 edge in shots.
- Williams had several close calls in the final period of action, with Emily Kreuger rifling a shot from point blank range on net with 13:20 to play, but Dobbins was up to the task.
- The game's final goal came with 4:32 remaining in the matchup, as Laura Schmidlein '19 found the puck in a scrum in front of the net and sent it over the goal line.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The game marked the fourth annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser. All proceeds from tonight's event go to the Cancer Connection of Northampton to aid local families in their fight against cancer. Last seasons fundraiser brought in over $2,000 for the Cancer Connection.
- Amherst holds a 17-12-0 series advantage over Williams since the 2001-2002 season, however the Purple & White have gone 17-1-1 against the Ephs since 2006-2007.
- Amherst and Williams face off again tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 30 at Lansing-Chapman Ice Rink in Williamstown, Mass. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.