NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mammoths opened the third period with two unanswered scores to take their first lead of the contest with 8:38 to play in regulation, however the Camels responded with two quick goals in just over a two minute span to propel the home team to victory as the No. 8 Amherst College women's ice hockey team was edged by No. 10 Connecticut College, 3-2 in their 2017-18 season opener Friday evening.
With the setback, Amherst opens the winter 0-1-0 overall and 0-1-0 in league action, while Conn. College improves to 1-0-0 on the young season (1-0-0 NESCAC). The sides return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 18 when the teams face off at 3 p.m. at Dayton Arena.
Up a skater, the Camels jumped out to a 1-0 lead 3:12 into the matchup. Gaining inside positioning in front of the net, Kate Kohl redirected Kyla Floresca's shot from the top of the left circle past the Amherst netminder and into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Following a scoreless second stanza, Miriam Eickhoff '19 tallied the Mammoths first score of the year to get Amherst on the board and even the game at 1-1. Gathering a pass from Alex Toupal '18 on the left point, Eickhoff ripped a shot over the goal line 6:07 into the third period.
Finding the back of the net once again just over five minutes later while on the power play, Katelyn Pantera '18 set the score at 2-1 to give the visitors their first lead of the battle with 8:38 on the clock. Winning the ensuing faceoff, Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 kept the momentum in favor of Amherst, as Toupal posted her second assist of the day on the dish to Pantera.
Connecticut College responded 1:01 later, as Erin Dillon recorded an unassisted goal to deadlock the sides at 2-2 in the 52nd minute.
Kylie Wilkes was the difference maker for the Camels, finding nylon at the 14:27 mark to put Connecticut College ahead, 3-2. Capitalizing on a pass from Dillon, Wilkes notched what stood as the game-winner with 5:33 remaining in the stanza to direct the Camels to the win as the home team's defense finished out the contest strong.
- Sabrina Dobbins '18 (0-1-0) registered 26 stops in between the pipes for Amherst in the losing effort, while Bailey Mertz (1-0-0) racked up 28 saves for the Camels in the win.
- The Mammoths owned a slight 30-29 edge in shots on goal in the tilt and finished 1-for-4 up a skater, while Conn. College went 1-for-5 on the power play.
- Katie Savage '19 took a team-high five shots, while Pantera chipped in four shots on frame for Amherst.
- With five shots, Dillon led the Camels, while Lauren Helm put four shots on frame.