CLINTON, N.Y. – The Purple & White were unable to overcome a late rally by the Continentals as the ninth-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team was edged by Hamilton College, 3-2 in overtime Friday evening at Russell Sage Rink.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 11-6-4 on the season and to 5-4-4 in league play, while Hamilton improves to 13-6-2 overall (8-4-1 NESCAC). Amherst next hits the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11 with a rematch against Hamilton beginning at 3 p.m.
First on the scoreboard, Jamie McNamara '19 logged her third goal of the winter 12:30 into the matchup to give the Purple & White a 1-0 lead. In a pure hustle play, McNamara beat a defender in a footrace and dove to get her stick on the loose puck, deflecting it through the legs of the Hamilton goalkeeper.
Strong play in between the pipes on both sides of the ice highlighted a scoreless second period, as neither team found the back of the net despite combining for 25 shots.
Doubling Amherst's lead to 2-0, Alex Toupal '18 registered her NESCAC-leading 17th goal of the year 6:46 into the third period on an unassisted score.
Pulling their goaltender to add an additional attacker, Hamilton netted two unanswered goals in the final 1:46 to knot the score at 2-2 and send the game into overtime.
Firing a quick shot on net on a set faceoff play, Sabrina Dobbins '18 turned away Kelli Mackey's attempt, however Katie Parkman crashed the net hard and buried the rebound to set the score at 2-1 with 1:46 remaining in regulation.
Sustaining offensive pressure, Parkman once again found nylon to tie the game at 2-2 with 33.5 seconds on the clock. Cutting across the zone, Parkman one-timed a bouncing puck from near the right hash over the blocker of the Amherst netminder.
Katelyn Pantera '19 and Sara Culhane '17 each earned a solid opportunity to pot the game-winner for the Purple & White in overtime, with the skaters powering shots on frame from point-blank range at the 10 second and 1:24 marks, respectively, but Sam Walther came up with the clutch stops for Hamilton.
On the power play following an Amherst roughing penalty, Sara Taffe was the hero of Hamilton's improbable comeback as she notched the game-winner with 49.9 seconds to play in the extra session, ripping a wrist shot from the high slot top shelf.
- In goal, Dobbins (5-4-2) racked up 33 stops for the Purple & White, while Walther (11-6-2) recorded 41 saves in the winning effort for Hamilton.
- Amherst owned a 43-36 edge in shots on target in the contest, including a 14-6 advantage in the opening period.
- Up a skater, the Continentals finished 1-for-1, while Amherst went 0-for-1 on the power play.