SALEM, Mass. – Three different Purple & White skaters found the back of the net in a strong first period, as the No. 8 Amherst College women's ice hockey team shut out Salem State University, 4-0 Wednesday evening at Rockett Ice Arena.
With the win, Amherst moves to 10-5-4 on the season, while Salem State's overall ledger falls to 3-14-0. Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 7 when they travel to Trinity College for a non-conference contest beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Amherst scored what proved to be the game-winner 8:10 into the opening period, as Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 netted her fifth goal of the season to give the Purple & White a 1-0 lead. Gathering a pass from Anne Malloy '20 near the blueline, Hunyadi beat a defender and ripped a shot over the glove of Sarah Plourde and into the top corner of the goal.
Doubling the Purple & White's lead two minutes later, Molly Connolly '17 notched her first score of the winter to make it a 2-0 game. Setting up in the slot, Connolly one-timed a dish from Malloy through the legs of the Vikings netminder.
Holding momentum, Katelyn Pantera '19 gave Amherst a 3-0 edge with 1:31 remaining in the first stanza. Collecting Caitlyn Ryan's '17 rebound to the right of the goal, Pantera skated behind the net and quickly slid a wrap around shot past Plourde.
The Purple & White owned a 19-1 advantage in shots on target, however neither side was able to find nylon in a scoreless second period.
The matchup's final score came with 11:13 remaining in regulation, with Connolly logging her second goal of the contest on the power play. Crashing the net following a shot from the point by Sarah Melanson '20, Connolly got her stick on the rebound and sent the puck over the goal line to extend Amherst's lead to 4-0. The assist marked Melanson's first collegiate point.
- Making her first collegiate start in between the pipes, Caroline Booraem '20 (1-0-0) racked up 12 stops to earn the victory for Amherst, while Plourde (2-11-0) recorded 16 saves in the loss. Katherine Crane and Calie Richman also saw time in goal for the Vikings, registering 26 and 8 saves, respectively.
- Amherst owned a dominative 54-12 edge in shots on frame, including a 19-1 advantage in the second period.
- On the power play, the Purple & White finished 1-for-7, while the Vikings went 0-for-2 up a skater.