AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomore Miriam Eickhoff tallied the game-winning goal with 6:20 remaining in the matchup, as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team edged Manhattanville, 1-0 Friday evening at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-3-1 on the season, while Manhattanville falls to 6-3-0 overall. Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 10 when they travel to Salve Regina University for a 7 p.m. non-conference bout.
Starting the game strong, Sarah Sinning earned a scoring chance for the Valiants one minute into the opening period. Entering the offensive zone on a 2-v-1, Sinning powered an uncontested wrist shot on frame, but the attempt was turned away.
Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 nearly broke the scoreless tie three minutes into the second stanza as Katelyn Pantera '19 won a battle in the right corner and dished a perfect pass to a wide open Hunyadi in the low slot. One-timing a shot on target at the 16:50 mark, Valiants goalkeeper Rose Pijaca was up to the task, making the kick save.
The Purple & White threatened once again with 13:41 on the clock, with Emma Griese '18 gaining space on a 2-v-2, corralling a pass from Eliza Laycock '20 and ripping s shot on goal from point-blank rage, but the attempt deflected off the shoulder of Pijaca.
Manhattanville controlled pace of play to open the third period, with Sinning earning a solid scoring chance for the Valiants at the 14:01 mark. Racing down the ice on a 2-v-1, Sinning rifled a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot on net, but Purple & White goalie Bailey Plaman '18 made the clutch glove save.
Notching her second goal of the season, Eickhoff scored what proved to be the game-winner with 6:20 remaining in regulation. Earning a breakaway after poking the puck away from a Manhattanville defender at the blue line in the defensive zone, Eickhoff sniped a wrist shot top shelf over the glove of Pijaca to give Amherst a 1-0 lead.
Pulling their goalie, the Valiants' final opportunity to even the contest came with 19 seconds on the clock, as Zoey Pellowitz blasted a slap shot through traffic from the top of the left circle, however Plaman got her right pad on the attempt.
- Plaman (1-0-1) recorded 18 saves for the Purple & White in the win, while Pijaca (3-1-0) made 35 stops for the Valiants.
- Amherst owned a dominative 36-18 edge in shots on goal, including an 18-8 advantage in the opening period.
- Neither side saw success on the power play, with both Amherst and Manhattanville finishing 0-for-3.
- With six shots, Eickhoff led the Purple & White offense, while a trio of Amherst skaters each put four shots on target apiece.
- Sinning took five shots to lead the Valiants, while Katherine Reilley and Melissa Stys added two shots on goal each.