Photo Courtesy of Diana McNamara
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Down 1-0 after 20 minutes of action, the Purple & White netted three unanswered goals, including two with less than five minutes to play in regulation, as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team skated to a 3-1 victory over Saint Anselm College Wednesday evening at Sullivan Arena.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-4-2 on the season, while Saint Anselm falls to 9-2-2 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 14 when they host Bowdoin College for a 7:30 p.m. conference contest at Orr Rink.
Tested early in the opening period, Purple & White netminder Bailey Plaman '18 came up big for Amherst at the three-minute mark. Getting her eyes on the puck through traffic, Plaman turned away Samantha Boyer's shot from the point before reaching behind and just getting her stick on Alison Butler's attempt off the rebound.
Holding momentum, the Hawks claimed a 1-0 lead 8:02 into the matchup. Thwarting a Purple & White clearing attempt at the point, Megan Klaus ripped a wrist shot off the stick of an Amherst defender and into the top right corner of the goal.
Tallying her third goal of the season, senior Sara Culhane evened the score at 1-1 with 17:30 remaining on the clock in the second stanza. Crashing down and keeping the puck in the offensive zone, Camille Herzog '17 dished a pass to Culhane near the left face off dot. Sending a quick snap shot towards goal, Culhane's attempt deflected off the skate of a Saint Anselm's player and over the goal line.
Deadlocked at 1-1 with less than five minutes to play in the third period, Amherst notched two unanswered goals in a 1:20 span to secure the 3-1 victory.
Working the puck back to the left point with 4:11 remaining in regulation, Laura Schmidlein '19 one-timed a hard shot on target. Positioned in front of the net, Emma Griese '18 registered the game-winner and her second score in as many games as she redirected the puck into the bottom right corner of the goal.
The Purple & White wasted little time in recording an insurance tally following a Saint Anselm timeout, with Alex Toupal '18 finding nylon at the 2:52 mark for a team-high sixth goal this season. Anticipating the play and picking off a pass in the defensive zone to earn a 3-v-1, Toupal raced down the ice before rifling a wrist shot from point-blank range past the Hawks netminder short side.
- Plaman (3-1-1) was stellar in between the pipes for the Purple & White in the win, racking up 23 stops, including 16 in the opening period, while Maddie Scavotto (7-1-2) recorded 17 saves for the Hawks in the losing effort.
- Despite owning a 19-8 advantage in shots on goal in the final two stanzas, Saint Anselm held a slight 24-20 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
- Neither side was able to convert on the power play, with both teams finishing 0-for-2 up a skater.