Eickhoff Nets Game-Winner as Amherst Downs Trinity, 4-1

Eickhoff Nets Game-Winner as Amherst Downs Trinity, 4-1

AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White tallied goals in all three periods, as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team downed Trinity College, 4-1 Friday evening at Orr Rink.

With the win, Amherst improves to 1-2-1 overall and to 1-2-1 in NESCAC action, while Trinity falls to 1-4-0 on the season and to 0-3-0 in league play. Amherst and Trinity return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. for a rematch at Orr Rink. The matchup will also mark Amherst's 5th Annual Pink in the Rink game, with all proceeds from the fundraiser going to the Cancer Connection of Northampton.

Sophomore Jamie McNamara notched the lone goal of the opening period, collecting a pass from first-year Eliza Laycock and driving a shot into the back of the goal with 2:17 to play to give the Purple & White a 1-0 lead.

Amherst started the second period strong, forcing Trinity goalkeeper Kai-Lilly Karpman to notch back-to-back athletic saves three minutes into the second period to keep the Bantam deficit at 1-0. 

Holding possession while skating 4-v-4, Caitlyn Ryan '17 ripped a slap shot towards goal that deflected off a Trinity defender and landed on the stick of Emma Griese '18 just right of the goal. Getting a quick shot off, Karpman came up big, sliding across the crease and getting her pad on the puck to turn away the attempt at the 17:03 mark.

Notching her first collegiate goal, Miriam Eickhoff '19 tallied what proved to be the game-winner 3:58 seconds into the second stanza. Gathering a pass from Katelyn Pantera '19 near mid-ice, Eickhoff beat a Trinity defender before rifling a perfectly placed shot from the top of the left circle into the bottom right corner of the net to give Amherst a 2-0 lead.

Alex Toupal '18 extended the Purple & White's lead to 3-0 less than a minute later as she collected a pass from Sara Culhane '17 near the left faceoff dot. Swiftly sending a wrist shot on target, Toupal beat Karpman low blocker side.

In the third period, Caroline Howell nearly got Trinity on the board with 3:18 to play, earning a 2-on-1 and powering a shot on goal from just inside the left circle. However, Sabrina Dobbins '18 proved up to the task, making a glove save on the attempt.

Both sides logged scores in the final two minutes of the matchup, with Pantera one-timing a dish from Laycock through the goalies' five-hole to make it a 4-0 contest with 1:03 remaining in regulation.

A late goal by Bantam Lindsay Miller allowed Trinity to avoid the shutout, as Miller sent a shot from the slot into the lower left corner with 26 seconds to play. 

GAME NOTES

  • Dobbins (1-2-0) recorded 18 stops in between the pipes for Amherst to earn the win, while Karpman (0-2-0) made 31 saves in the losing effort.
  • Amherst owned a 35-19 edge in shot differential, including a 16-7 advantage in the opening period.
  • On the power play, the Purple & White finished 1-for-4, while Trinity went 0-for-4 up a skater.
  • Toupal led the Amherst offense with seven shots, while Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 and Ryan took five attempts apiece in the matchup.
  • With four shots, Delaney Harrop led the way for the Bantams, while four other Trinity skaters took two shots each.