Amherst Blanks Salve Regina, 3-0

Amherst Blanks Salve Regina, 3-0

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Three different Purple & White skaters found the back of the net as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team blanked non-conference opponent Salve Regina, 3-0 Saturday evening at the St. George's School Ice Rink.

With the win, Amherst improves to 3-3-1 on the season, while Salve Regina falls to 0-10-1 overall. Amherst returns to action in the New Year, traveling to Southern Maine for a non-conference matchup on Sunday, Jan. 1 beginning at 5 p.m.

Despite the Purple & White owning a 23-3 edge in shots on frame, neither side was able to find the back of the net in a scoreless first period. 

Amherst broke through 5:01 into the second stanza, with senior Sara Culhane logging her second goal of the season for the Purple & White. Racing down the ice on a 2-v-2, Alex Toupal '18 drew both Seahawk defenders to her before dishing a perfectly placed pass to Culhane on the backdoor for an easy tap in score.

Up two skaters on a 5-on-3 power play three minutes later, Toupal doubled the Purple & White's lead to make it a 2-0 game. Gathering a cross-ice pass from Katie Savage '19 on the right side of the net, Toupal roofed a shot near side over the glove of Jennifer O'Connell at the 8:36 mark.

On the power play with 10:47 on the clock in the third period, Brenna Sullivan '18 tallied what proved to be the matchup's final goal. Collecting a pass from Eliza Laycock '20, Sullivan snuck a wrist shot past O'Connell to extend Amherst's lead to 3-0.

Salve Regina's final bid to break the shutout came with 8:50 to play, with Briana D'Avolio earning a point-blank shot on Bailey Plaman '18 following a faceoff, but the attempt deflected of the shoulder of Plaman as Amherst secured the 3-0 win.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Plaman (2-0-1) recorded 14 stops, while O'Connell (0-10-1) racked up 48 saves for the Seahawks in the losing effort.
  • Amherst owned a dominative 51-14 edge in shots on goal, including a 23-3 advantage in the opening period.
  • On the power play, the Purple & White finished 2-for-8, while Salve Regina went 0-for-4.
  • With eight shots, Caitlyn Ryan '17 and Toupal led the Amherst offense, while Katelyn Pantera'19 took four shots.
  • Taylor Chisholm led the Seahawks with four shots on target, while D'Avolio added two shots on goal.