AMHERST, Mass. – Alex Toupal '18 netted a hat trick and chipped in an assist and Sabrina Dobbins '18 registered 15 stops in between the pipes to help direct the Amherst College women's ice hockey team to a dominant 8-1 victory over non-conference foe New England College Sunday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-2-0 on the season, while New England College falls to 1-6-0 overall. Amherst returns to action Friday, Dec. 1 when they travel to Trinity College for a 7:30 p.m. conference matchup.
Winning a faceoff on the left side 4:56 into the tilt, Amherst claimed a 1-0 lead behind a senior Emma Griese's second tally of the year. Redirecting a wrist shot from the point from Miriam Eickhoff '19, Griese tipped the puck into the bottom left corner of the net.
Striking nine minutes later, Eickhoff made it a 2-0 game. Corralling a pass at the right point, Eickhoff blasted a shot over the pad of Jackie Clark.
Jamie McNamara '19 extended the Mammoths lead to 3-0 with 4:31 remaining in the stanza, following a perfect chip off the boards by Anne Malloy '20 that found McNamara at center ice. Deking to her forehand, the Dedham, Mass. native beat the keeper for an easy score.
The Pilgrims nearly got on the board 4:39 into the second period, with Tara Turcotte intercepting a pass at the defensive blueline. However her pass intended for Vicki Shaw to give Shaw a breakaway was just out of reach as Dobbins was able to come out of the net and deflect the puck to the corner.
Following the scare, Amherst turned up the offensive pressure to net three goals in a three-minute span to make it 6-0 in favor of the home team. Entering the zone on a breakaway with 13:16 on the clock Toupal registered her first of three goals in the stanza, powering a wrist shot into the bottom left hand corner.
Up a skater 2:09 later, Toupal found nylon once again, gathering a cross-ice dish from Katelyn Pantera '19 in the slot and sliding a shot inside the left post.
Emma Flynn'21 capped off the quick three-goal onslaught with 10:08 to play, one-touching a pass from Toupal in the slot through the legs of the Pilgrim netminder.
Avoiding the shut out, New England College broke through in the 36th minute. Up a skater on the power play, Morgan Lamos sent a pass to Kristen Dukette on the right point who ripped a wrist shot off the near post and into the netting.
Logging a hat trick on a short-handed score and her fourth point of the tilt with 2:02 on the clock, Toupal found nylon following a tenacious forecheck by Hunyadi. Forcing a turn over, Hunyadi corralled the puck and skated behind the goal before finding Toupal out in front for the goal.
The Mammoths continued their offensive dominance in the third period, with Eliza Laycock '20 notching her first score of the winter 1:07 into the stanza off of a rebound to extend the Amherst lead to 8-1.
- Dobbins (1-1-0) made 15 stops in goal in the winning effort for Amherst, while Clark (1-4-0) recorded 23 saves in the loss.
- Amherst owned a 31-16 advantage in shot differential and finished 3-for-5 on the power play, while NEC went 1-for-5 on the power play.