WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Junior Alex Toupal tallied the game-tying goal with 4:05 to play in regulation, but the Purple & White were unable to net the game-winner in the extra session as the No. 10/8 Amherst College women's ice hockey team battled archrival Williams College to a 1-1 overtime draw Friday evening at Lansing-Chapman Ice Rink.
With the tie, Amherst moves to 9-5-3 on the season and to 5-3-3 in league play, while Williams moves to 9-8-1 overall (6-4-1 NESCAC). Amherst next hits the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28 when they return to Orr Rink for a rematch against Williams at 7:30 p.m.
Striking midway through the opening period, Williams claimed a 1-0 edge with 10:40 on the clock. Intercepting a clearing attempt at the point, Emily Eide ripped a wrist shot through traffic that was tipped by Sara Lehman over the glove of the Amherst netminder.
Carrying the puck behind the net five minutes into the second period, Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 had a solid chance to even the score for the Purple & White as she beat a defender and rifled a shot on target from the top of the right circle, but Marissa Anderson came up with the clutch save.
Responding at the 9:23 mark, Abby Brustad made a bid to extend Williams's lead, skating into the offensive zone and testing the Amherst netminder with a shot from the top of the left circle. Sabrina Dobbins '18 proved up to the task however, turning away Brustad's initial attempt and her play on the rebound.
Dobbins held strong once again for the Purple & White just over a minute later after a shot by Amanda Reisman led to a scrum in front of the goal. Steadfast in the chaos, Dobbins stonewalled multiple attempts by the Ephs to punch the puck over the goal line.
Netting what proved to be the final goal of the contest, Amherst evened the score at 1-1 with 4:05 remaining in regulation. On the power play following a Williams roughing penalty, Toupal came up big, notching her team-leading 14th goal of the season. Collecting a pass from senior captain Lynndy Smith to the left of the goal, Toupal skated to the high slot and rocketed a wrist shot over the blocker of Anderson, top shelf.
Amherst drew an Eph penalty and outshot their archrivals 7-0 in overtime, however they were unable to find nylon a second time as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
- In goal, Dobbins (4-3-2) recorded 27 stops for Amherst, while Anderson (5-4-2) made 33 saves for Williams in the draw.
- Amherst owned a 34-28 edge in shot differential, including a 7-0 advantage in the extra session.
- The Purple & White finished 1-for-4 up a skater, while the Ephs did not have a power play opportunity in the matchup.