No. 9 Women's Ice Hockey Falls to Hamilton, 1-0

No. 9 Women's Ice Hockey Falls to Hamilton, 1-0

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Purple & White outshot the Continentals 32-20, however the ninth-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team suffered a 1-0 loss to Hamilton College Saturday afternoon at Russell Sage Rink.

With the loss, Amherst falls to 11-7-4 on the season and to 5-5-4 in league play, while Hamilton improves to 14-6-2 overall (9-4-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 18 when they travel to Little III rival Wesleyan University for a 3 p.m. conference bout.

Starting strong, sophomores Laura Schmidlein and Katelyn Pantera nearly connected for a scoring play 3:16 into the opening period following a faceoff in the offensive zone. Redirecting Schmidlein's snap shot from the top of the left circle, Pantera nearly beat the Continental netminder, but Sam Walther was just able to reach back and get her stick on the puck. 

Responding almost immediately, Hamilton's Sara Taffe tested Bailey Plaman '18 with an opportunity of her own 17 seconds later. Ripping a shot on frame from inside the left circle, Plaman proved up to the challenge, gloving down the attempt.

On the power play with 6:03 remaining in the second period, Miriam Eickhoff '19 made a bid to give the Purple & White a one-goal edge, firing a shot from the point towards net. But despite the attempt deflecting off a skate and going over the head of Walther, the Hamilton goalkeeper recovered and smothered the bouncing puck. 

Jade Alvillar had the Continentals best chance of the second with 2:44 on the clock, racing into the zone and sending a tough angle shot through traffic. The attempt ricochet off Plaman's chest, however the netminder jumped on the rebound before Hamilton could tally the go-ahead score.

Hamilton netted what stood as the game-winner with 7:13 to play in regulation, as Michaela Giuttari recorded her fifth goal of the season. Falling to the ice in the high slot, Giuttari deflected Megan Ahern's shot from the point into the top right corner of the goal. 

The Purple & White's final opportunity to even the score came with 52 seconds remaining, with Caitlyn Ryan '17 blasting a snap shot on target, but Walther made the kick save to help lift Hamilton to the 1-0 victory.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Plaman (5-3-2) registered 19 saves for Amherst in the loss, while Walther (12-6-2) racked up 32 stops in the winning effort.
  • Amherst owned a 32-20 edge in shot differential, including a 10-5 advantage in the final period.
  • Neither team saw success on the power play, with Amherst finishing 0-for-4 and Hamilton going 0-for-2.