Photo Courtesy of Diana McNamara
AMHERST, Mass. – Junior Alex Toupal registered a hat trick and Bailey Plaman '18 made 22 saves as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team shut out No. 10 Bowdoin College, 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improved to 7-4-2 overall and to 3-3-2 in NESCAC play, while
Bowdoin falls to 8-4-2 on the season and to 3-3-1 in league action. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 20 when they travel to Colby College for a 7 p.m. conference bout.
One of several big saves made by the Bowdoin netminder in the matchup, Kerri St. Denis kept the game in a scoreless tie midway through the opening period with a glove save on a 2-v-1. Following a perfectly angled breakout pass off the boards from Caitlyn Ryan '17, Toupal dished a pass to Sara Culhane '17 alone in the high slot, but St. Denis recorded the stop on the attempt.
Amherst broke through with 3:54 on the clock, with Toupal netting her team-leading eighth goal of the season and second shorthanded tally of the year to give Amherst a 1-0 edge. Racing out to the point, Culhane blocked defenders shot, skated into the offensive zone and sent a leading pass to Toupal on the right hash mark who powered a wrist shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Sophomore Katelyn Pantera nearly doubled the Purple & White's lead 41 seconds into the second stanza, streaking towards net on a breakaway, but her attempt rang off the crossbar.
In a strong individual effort, Julie Dachille earned scoring opportunity for the visitors at the 8:56 mark, stripping the puck from a defender on the forecheck and sending a shot on target from the slot while falling to the ice, but the Amherst goalie came up with the stop.
Taking advantage of a breakaway opportunity after a tape-to-tape pass from Katie Savage '19, Brenna Sullivan '18 rifled a wrist shot over the glove of St. Denis to give Amherst a 2-0 lead with 5:15 on the clock.
Extending the Purple & White's lead to 3-0, Toupal notched her second score of the game 5:25 into the final period, deking around the goalie and sending the puck into an open net.
Finding nylon on the power play to record a hat trick, Toupal made it a 4-0 contest with 9:52 to play as she one-timed a pass from Anne Malloy '20 over the glove of St. Denis.
Jessica Bowen and Maureen Greason both made bids to thwart the shutout with 3:11 and 32.5 seconds remaining, respectively, but Bowen's one-timer sailed just wide and Greason snap shot was gloved down as Amherst secured the 4-0 victory.
- Plaman (4-1-1) recorded 22 stops in goal in the winning effort for Amherst, while St. Denis (5-3-1) made 37 saves in the loss.
- Amherst owned a dominative 41-22 edge in shot differential in the game, including a 17-7 advantage in the third period.
- The Purple & White finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Bowdoin went 0-for-2.