No. 6 Amherst Edged by Connecticut College, 3-1

No. 6 Amherst Edged by Connecticut College, 3-1

AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White owned a 34-26 advantage in shots, including a 23-11 advantage in the final two periods, however the sixth-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team were unable to overcome two early goals by the Camels as they were edge by Connecticut College, 3-1 in Saturday afternoon's conference tilt at Orr Rink.

With the loss, Amherst moves to 0-2-0 on the season, and to 0-2-0 in NESCAC play, while the Camels improve to 2-0-0 overall (2-0-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Friday, Dec. 2 when they host Trinity College for a 7 p.m. league matchup.

Connecticut College claimed a 1-0 lead 4:59 into the first period, as Olivia Good rocketed a shot on net from the left point. Making the initial stop, Sabrina Dobbins '18 turned away Good's attempt, but Katlyn Paiva held inside positioning behind an Amherst defender and buried the rebound.

Down a skater, Kyla Floresca made it a 2-0 contest just 1:48 later, capitalizing on an odd-man rush. Collecting a leading pass and entering the offensive zone, Good ripped a shot on goal from the top of the right circle that deflected off the pad of Dobbins. Crashing the net, Floresca found the rebound in the slot and sent the puck over the goal line.

Undeterred, Amherst broke through in the 17th minute, with Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 finding the back of the net to bring the Purple & White within one. Setting up Hunyadi on their fourth power play of the game, Caitlyn Ryan '17 powered a shot on target from the point. Getting her stick on the shot, Emma Griese '18 deflected the puck to Hunyadi on the backdoor of the goal for the tap-in.  

Scoring what proved to be the game's final goal, Elena Gualtieri notched an insurance tally for the Camels 4:23 into the second period. Taking advantage of a power player opportunity, Gualtieri gathered a pass behind the net from Jordan Cross before rifling a shot from just below the right circle into the top corner of the net, short side.

Both sides were held scoreless in the final 35 minutes of play, with Amherst's final scoring opportunity of the game coming with 2:16 remaining in the third period. Corralling a pass from Ryan on the top left of the circle, Lynndy Smith '17 blasted a wrist shot on goal, but her attempt rang off the crossbar.

GAME NOTES

  • Dobbins (0-2-0) recorded 23 stops for the Purple & White, including 13 in the first period, in the losing effort, while Katherine Chester (2-0-0) made 33 saves for the Camels in the win.
  • The Purple & White owned a 34-26 advantage in shot differential, including an 11-5 edge in the second period and a 12-6 edge in the third.  
  • Each side capitalized on one power play opportunity in the outing, with Amherst finishing 1-for-8 and Connecticut College going 1-for-3.
  • Ryan led all players with seven shots in the game, while four other Amherst players registered four shots each.
  • Paiva, Kate Kohl, Stephanie Izzi, and Floresca each took three shots to lead the Camel offense.