AMHERST, Mass. – Bailey Plaman '18 registered 33 stops in net and the Mammoths sent a shot off the post, however a first period score by the Cadets proved to be the difference maker as the Amherst College women's ice hockey was edged by No. 1 Norwich University, 2-0 Wednesday evening at Orr Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 4-3-0 on the season, while Norwich remains perfect and improves to 9-0-1 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 9 when they travel to Elmira for a no-conference contest.
Making a bid to find nylon 7:20 into the matchup, KC Herne split the defense to earn a breakaway, however Plaman stood strong on the backhander attempt and got her pad on the shot to safely send the puck into the corner.
Tallying what stood as the battles' lone score until the final seconds, Alyssa Hulst got the Cadets on the board with 10:58 on the clock. Racing towards net on a 1-on-1, Hulst slid the puck off the defenders' skate and through the legs of the Amherst keeper to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.
On the power play at the 12:59 mark in the second period following a Cadet hooking penalty, Katie Savage '19 nearly registered the equalizer as she set up on the right dot, however her one-timer was just turned away as Laurie King came up with the kick save.
Threatening with 12:54 remaining in regulation, Miriam Eickhoff'19 forced a turnover at the offensive blue line and dished a pass to Jocelyn Hunyadi '19in the high left slot. Powering a wrist shot on frame, Hunyadi was inches from deadlocking the tilt, as her shot rang off the near post.
Brynn Labbe notched the final dagger for Norwich with an empty net, sending a shot over the goal line with 25.3 seconds to play to direct the Cadets to the 2-0 victory.
- Plaman (3-2-0) made 33 saves for Amherst in the losing effort in between the pipes, while King (7-0-1) racked up 19 stops in the shut out.
- The Cadets owned a 35-19 advantage in shot differential.
- Neither side saw success on the power play, with Amherst going 0-for-4 and Norwich finishing 0-for-2.
- Alex Toupal '18 led the Mammoths with four shots on frame, while Eickhoff and Ava Simoncelli '20 each logged three shot attempts.
- Amanda Conway led all skaters with eight shots on target, while Labbe and Sophie McGovern chipped in five and four, respectively.