Amherst Shuts Out Conn. College, 3-0, Advances to NESCAC Championship Game

Amherst Shuts Out Conn. College, 3-0, Advances to NESCAC Championship Game
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Lynndy Smith '17 and Alex Toupal '18 each notched a score in the second stanza as the No. 4/4 and second-seeded Amherst College women's ice hockey team shut out third-seeded Connecticut College, 3-0, in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC Semifinal matchup at top-seeded Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt.


With the win, Amherst advances to the NESCAC championship contest tomorrow afternoon and will play number one seed Middlebury College. The puck is set to drop at 2 p.m. at Kenyon Arena.

RECORDS

Connecticut College (15-8-3)
Amherst (22-1-3) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Amherst notched two tallies in the second period and added an empty net goal in the final minutes of action to claim the 3-0 win over the Camels.
  • Amherst outshot the Camels 26-15, including a 12-4 edge in the second stanza.
  • Neither team was able to convert on the power play in the matchup, with the Purple & White going 0-for-3 and Connecticut College going 0-for-2. 
  • Sabrina Dobbins '18 (16-1-3) racked up 15 saves, including eight in the final period of action, en route to posting her sixth shutout victory of the season, while Katherine Chester (12-8-3) made 21 saves in the losing effort for the Camels. 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amherst held a 7-3 edge in shots on frame in a scoreless first stanza.
  • The Camels opened the second period strong, registering three shots on goal in the first 30 seconds, but Dobbins was up to the task.
  • Smith took advantage of the extra space resulting from a 4-on-4 situation, as she corralled a pass from Caitlyn Ryan '17 at the blueline and sent a low wrist shot of the skate of a Camel defender and through the legs of Chester at the 6:40 mark in the second stanza.
  • The Purple & White doubled their lead three minutes later as Toupal found the puck in a skirmish just inside the blueline and rifled a wrist shot off the pad of the Camel netminder and over the goal line.
  • Toupal delivered the game's final dagger with 1:41 remaining, sending a shot into an empty to help Amherst secure the 3-0 victory.
  • Erin Martin '16 led all skaters with five shots on frame in the outing, while Lily Connolly led the way for the Camels with three shots on target.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • With the win, Amherst advances to its first NESCAC title game since the 2011-12 season. The Purple & White enter the outing seeking its fourth league crown and first conference title since 2010.
  • Amherst will take on top-seeded Middlebury College in the championship game tomorrow, Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. at Kenyon Arena.
  • The Purple & White played the Panthers to two overtime ties, 2-2 and 3-3, on Jan. 8 and 9 during the regular season.