AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 4/4 Amherst women's ice hockey team used an overtime goal by Kateyln Pantera '19 and a stellar 34 save performance by Sabrina Dobbins '18 to defeat Bowdoin College, 2-1, in a thrilling NESCAC quarterfinal matchup at Orr Rink Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst earned a 2-1 overtime victory in a game marked by explosive back-and-forth play, close calls, and impressive clutch saves.
- Pantera scored her sixth goal of the season and the game-winner 2:12 into overtime, tipping Sara Culhane's '17 shot from the slot through the legs of Crofton.
- The Purple & White went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Bowdoin was unable to convert on any of its three power play opportunities.
- The Polar Bears edged Amherst in shots on goal 34-28, including a 14-6 advantage in the third period.
- Both goaltenders played sensational for their respective teams; with Dobbins (14-1-3) racking up 33 saves for the Purple & White and Lan Crofton (6-10-0) registering 26 saves in between the pipes for the Polar Bears.
- Amherst began the game strong, with Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 rifling a shot from the top of the left circle off the near post at the 16:30 mark.
- Junior Caitlyn Ryan gave Amherst a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the opening period. Taking advantage of the Purple & White's first power play of the game, Ryan collected a pass from Alex Toupal '18 at the blueline and sent a quick snap shot through traffic and into the netting.
- The Polar Bear's threatened at the 11:01 mark, as Miranda Bell's shot found its way behind Dobbins, however an Amherst defender was able to find and clear the puck in the nick of time.
- Crofton made one of her several notable saves with just over seven minutes to play, turning away Pantera's power play shot from the slot with an athletic pad save.
- Senior assistant captain Caroline Bomstein made a great defensive play with time winding down in the first period, using her long reach to poke the puck off of Ariana Bourque's stick as she was winding up for a point blank shot with 38 seconds remaining.
- Jessica Bowen nearly evened the score in an impressive individual effort at the 16:17 mark in the second stanza. Bowen sent a shot on net after finding the puck in a scrum and beating two defenders, however Dobbins was up to the task.
- Miranda Bell evened the score at 1-1 with 4:17 to play in the second period. Tallying her team-leading 11th goal of the season, Bell found Bourque's rebound on the back door and sent the puck into a wide open net.
- Both Crofton and Dobbins turned away breakaway opportunities in a scoreless third period, as Crofton made a right pad save on Erin Martin's '16 shot at the 15:24 mark, before Dobbins was able to thwart Bourque with a diving save with 5:13 to play in regulation.
- Energetic offensive pressure allowed Pantera to play hero for the Purple & White 2:12 into the overtime period as Kristen Molina '18 was able force a turnover and find Culhane in the high slot who ripped a shot on net. In the right place at the right time, Pantera deflected the shot into the netting.
- Bowdoin's Miranda Bell led all skaters with 11 shots on goal, while a quintet of Purple & White players tallied three shots on frame.
- Bowdoin concludes its 2015-16 campaign with an 8-14-2 overall mark and a 5-10-1 record in league play.
- Amherst advances to the NESCAC Semifinals and will take on Connecticut College on Saturday, March 5 at Kenyon Arena in Middlebury, Vt. The puck is set to drop at 4 p.m.