AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White claimed a one goal lead with under five minutes to play, but they were unable to overcome a late comeback by the Ephs as the No. 10/8 Amherst College women's ice hockey team battled Williams College to a 4-4 overtime draw Saturday evening at Orr Rink.
With the tie, Amherst moves to 9-5-4 on the season and to 5-3-4 in league play, while Williams moves 9-8-2 overall (6-4-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 1 when they travel to Salem State for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup.
Despite 14 shots being taken between the sides, neither team was able to gain the edge in a scoreless opening period.
Tallying her first collegiate goal, first-year Eliza Laycock gave the Puple & White a 1-0 lead 1:14 into the second stanza. Capitalizing on a scrum at the left face off dot following a restart in play, Laycock ripped a wrist shot over the glove of Marissa Anderson and into the top corner of the net.
Holding momentum on a 4-on-3 power play, Williams nearly evened the score with 12:35 to play as Hanna Beattie and Olivia Stokes both powered shots on target. Getting her eyes on the shot from the point, Bailey Plaman '18 stonewalled Beattie's attempt before turning away Stokes shot off the rebound.
Taking advantage of a 5-on-3 and a 5-on-4 power play, junior Alex Toupal netted two goals in a 35 second span to make it a 3-0 contest in favor of the Purple & White.
Driving a shot on frame from the point, Anderson came up with the save on Anne Malloy's '20 attempt, however the rebound deflected directly to Toupal to the right of the goal. Getting off a quick shot, Toupal buried the puck into the open net at the 12:42 mark to double the Purple &White lead to 2-0.
Extending Amherst's lead to 3-0 just 35 seconds later, Toupal tallied her second power play goal of the game and team-leading 15th goal of the season. Gathering a pass from Emma Griese '18 in the corner, Toupal skated around the net and to the top of the left circle before rifling a wrist shot into the bottom right corner.
Undeterred, the Ephs cut their deficit to two with 4:10 to play as Kearan Burke tallied her fourth goal of the year to set the score at 3-1. Finding the loose puck at near the left hash, Burke drove a snap shot past Plaman and into the bottom corner.
Up a skater 4:49 into the third period following an Amherst hooking penalty, Sara Lehman found nylon to bring the Ephs within one. Gaining inside positioning on a defender in front of the goal, Lehman got her stick on Chelsey Stevenson's rebound and sent a shot over the goal line.
Netting their third unanswered goal with 9:16 to play in regulation, Williams knotted the score at 3-3 behind Lehman's second goal of the matchup. Corralling the puck in the high slot, Lehman slid a wrist shot through the legs of the Amherst netminder.
Staying strong in between the pipes, Plaman registered back-to-back clutch saves at the 8:30 and 8:11 marks, stonewalling Mia Carroll's shot from point-blank range before getting her toe on Abby Brustad's attempt.
Caitlyn Ryan '17 put Amherst back on top with 4:55 to play, as she notched her first goal of the season to give the Purple & White a 4-3 lead. Stopping a clearing attempt at the left point, Ryan sent a snap shot over the shoulder of Anderson.
Responding three minutes later, Williams once again evened the score as Lehman registered her first hat trick of the winter. Winning a face off in the offensive end, Brustad drew the puck back to Lehman who raced into the high slot and blasted a wrist shot top shelf.
Neither side was able to break the deadlock in the five minute overtime period as the game concluded in a 4-4 draw.
- In goal, Plaman (5-2-2) made 36 stops for the Purple & White, while Anderson (5-4-1) recorded 38 saves for Williams.
- Amherst owned a slight 42-40 edge in shot differential, including a 18-6 advantage in the first period.
- Both sides saw success on the power play, with Amherst going 2-for-3 and Williams finishing 2-for-7.