AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 5/4 Amherst College women's ice hockey team used three first periods goals to down Little Three rival Wesleyan University, 6-0, in Saturday evening's regular season final and Senior Day.
Wesleyan (4-17-2, 1-13-2 NESCAC)
Amherst (20-1-3, 12-1-2 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst scored in all three periods to secure its second 6-0 victory over the Cardinals in as many days.
- Amherst went 3-for-6 on the power play, while Wesleyan finished 0-for-2 on man-up opportunities.
- Sabrina Dobbins '18 (13-1-3) racked up 11 saves in her fourth shutout of the season, while Corinne Rivard (1-8-1) made 27 saves in between the pipes for the Cardinals.
- Alex Toupal '18 scored the game-winner midway through the opening period. Capitalizing on Amherst's first power-play opportunity of the game, Toupal sent a wrist shot from the top of the left circle over the glove of the Wesleyan netminder.
- In a highlight reel play, senior captain Erin Martin made it a 2-0 contest at the 5:22 mark as she stickhandled around a defender at the offensive blueline and sent a wrist shot from the high slot into the netting.
- Amherst gained a three-goal cushion with 18.5 seconds remaining in the first stanza as Toupal found the puck in a scrum and sent a backhander past Rivard.
- Amherst continued its offensive dominance in the second period to take a 4-0 lead into the final period. Junior Sara Culhane tallied her third goal of the season with 9:32 on the clock, sending a breakaway shot in between the legs of the Cardinal goalie.
- Rivard was stellar for Wesleyan in the second stanza, stopping Jamie McNamara's '19 point blank shot at the 11:35 mark, before making two more impressive saves with 6:47 and 1:31 remaining.
- The Purple & White would score two power-play goals in the final period of action to secure its second 6-0 victory over the Cardinals in as many days.
- First-year Jocelyn Hunyadi notched Amherst's final two scores of the outing, finding a loose puck on the back door at 14:31 mark and sending a shot short side from the left dot with 7:12 to play.
- Martin led all skaters with five shots on target, while Rachel Aronow put four shots on net for the Cardinals.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Saturday's game marked the regular season finale and Senior Day for the Purple & White which will graduate three student-athletes following the 2015-16 season, including Caroline Bomstein, Eileen Harris, and Erin Martin.
- Together, the trio of seniors have compiled a 61-24-13 overall record, 40-12-10 record in NESCAC conference play, and a 35-10-5 record at home at Orr Rink, while appearing in three NESCAC Championships tournaments, including two semifinal appearances.
- Amherst awaits the final seeding for the NESCAC Championship tournament. Posting a 13-1-2 record in regular season NESCAC play, the Purple & White secured a home quarterfinal game and either the No.1 or No. 2 overall seed.
- Eliminated from postseason contention, Wesleyan concludes the 2015-16 season with a 4-17-2 overall record and a 1-13-2 record in NESCAC play.