WATERVILLE, Maine – Five different Purple & White skaters found the back of the net as the No. 10/8 Amherst College women's ice hockey team shut out Colby College, 5-0 Friday evening at the Alfond Ice Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-4-2 on the year and to 4-3-2 in league play, while Colby falls to 0-12-3 overall (0-8-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 21 when they face off against Colby College beginning at 3 p.m.
Following 15 minutes of scoreless action, Purple & White goalkeeper Bailey Plaman '18 came up with a big save to keep the game knotted at 0-0 at the 5:03 mark. Gaining control of the puck in the corner, the Mules dished a pass to Anna Rudinski in the high slot who powered a one-timer on target through traffic. Plaman got her eyes on the puck at the last minute however, as she came up with the kick save.
Amherst claimed a 1-0 lead with 3:13 to play in the opening period, converting on their first power play opportunity of the matchup. Getting her pad on a shot by Caitlyn Ryan '17 at the point, Hannah Insuik turned away the Purple & White's initial attempt, but Miriam Eickhoff '19 collected the rebound on the near post and sent a shot over the goal line.
Giving the Purple & White a 2-on-1 following a pin-point breakout pass in her defensive end, Lynndy Smith '17 connected with Alex Toupal '18 at mid-ice. Racing into the down the left boards, Toupal beat a defender to earn a breakaway before deking around the Colby netminder and sliding a shot into the goal to give Amherst a 2-0 edge with 1:56 on the clock.
Extending Amherst's lead to 3-0 on the Purple & White's second power play goal of the game, Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 netted her third score of the season with 2:29 remaining in the second stanza. Skating out of the corner, Hunyadi ripped a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot through the legs of Insuik.
Jamie McNamara '19 made it a 4-0 contest 7:47 into the final period, skating the length of the ice and sending a backhander over the pad of the Mules goalkeeper to capitalize on a breakaway opportunity.
Recording what proved to be the tilt's final goal, Katie Savage '19 corralled a pass from Toupal on a 2-on-2 and rifled a shot into the lower left hand corner at the 4:08 mark to help lift the Purple & White to the 5-0 shutout.
- Plaman (5-1-1) made 21 stops in goal for the Purple & White in the win, while Insuik (0-4-1) registered 32 saves for the Mules in the losing effort.
- Amherst owned a dominative 37-21 edge in shot differential, including a 17-8 advantage in the opening period.
- Amherst finished a perfect 2-for-2 up a skater, while Colby went 0-for-3 on the power play.