HARTFORD, Conn. – Tied at 2-2 following two periods of play, the Amherst College women's ice hockey team opened the floodgates in the final 20 minutes of action, netting four unanswered goals to race past Trinity, 6-2 Friday evening.
With the win, Amherst improves to 3-2-0 on the season (1-2-0 in NESCAC), while Trinity falls to 2-3-0 on the year (0-3-0 NESCAC). The two sides square off once again tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 2 at Koeppel Community Center. The puck is set to drop at 4 p.m.
Following a scoreless first period the Bantams were first on the board, with Tasha Adams giving the home team a 1-0 lead 5:22 into the stanza. Up a skater following an Amherst hooking penalty, Tasha Adams took advantage of the extra space as she gathering a cross ice dish from Taylor Peracchio at the top of the right circle and ripped a shot inside the near post.
The Mammoths responded just over two minutes later, as Laura Schmidlein '19 netted her first score of the winter to deadlock the contest at 1-1. Getting her stick on her own rebound at the top of the crease as she was pushed to the ice by a defender, Schmidlein chipped a snap shot over the pad of the outstretched netminder.
Returning the favor 1:08 later, Olivia White quickly put Trinity back on top, 2-1. Capitalizing on a breakaway with the defense on her heels, White deked to her forehand before sending the puck over the goal line.
Senior Alex Toupal's fourth tally of the season with 2:36 remaining on the clock in the second period evened the score once again in the back-and-forth battle, as the forward intercepted a pass at the offensive blue line and powered a shot into the bottom left corner of the net to set the score at 2-2 heading into the final 20 minutes of action.
Recording what stood as the game-winner on the power play 53 seconds into the third stanza, Miriam Eickhoff '19 sent a wrist shot from the right point over the keepers blocker and into the top left corner of the net to give Amherst its first lead of the matchup, 3-2.
Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 gave the visitors a two-goal cushion with 10:04 to play. One-timing a dish from Toupal on the left post, Hunyadi slid the puck under Sydney Belinskas right pad.
Notching another dagger for the Mammoths, Katelyn Pantera'19 put Amherst ahead 5-2 at the 15:36 mark. Up a skater, Toupal faked a shot in the high slot before sending a perfect pass to Pantera on the left post for the redirect.
First-year Rose Mroczka potted what stood as the tilt's final score with 1:06 on the clock. Sending the puck the length of the ice and over the goal line, Mroczka logged an empty net goal to direct Amherst to the 6-2 victory.
- Bailey Plaman '18 (2-1-0) registered 26 saves for Amherst in between the pipes in the winning effort, while Sydney Belinskas (2-3-0) made 26 stops for the Bantams in the loss.
- The Mammoths owned a slight 27-26 edge in shot advantage and finished a perfect 2-for-2 on the power play, while Trinity went 1-for-1 up a skater.