PINE VALLEY, N.Y. – Three quick scores by the Mammoths in a five minute span proved to be enough for the Amherst College women's ice hockey team as a two-goal effort by Katie Savage '19 directed the team to a 3-2 upset victory over No. 2 Elmira College Saturday evening at the Murray Athletic Center.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-3-0 on the season, while Elmira falls to 9-1-0 overall. The two sides face off again tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 10 in a 2 p.m. non-conference bout.
Following a scoreless first period, the Soaring Eagles were first on the board, as Meghan Fonfara ripped a slap shot into the bottom right hand corner at the 15:29 mark to give Elmira a 1-0 lead.
The Mammoths tallied the next three scores of the matchup to take a 3-1 edge. Responding two minutes after the Elmira tally, Ava Simoncelli '20 evened the game as she corralled the puck at the top of the left circle and slipped a shot just inside the near post.
Amherst took its first lead 18 seconds later as Savage logged her second score of the winter to give Amherst a 2-1 edge. One-timing a perfect dish from Katelyn Pantera '19 in the slot, Savage sent the puck through the Elmira keeper's five-hole.
Up a skater, Savage netted her second goal of the day and what stood as the game-winner 1:11 in to the final period. Getting her stick on a rebound, Savage lifted a shot into the top right corner of the goal from point-blank range.
Sarah Hughson brought the Soaring Eagles back within one with 12:57 to play in regulation, as she set up on the far post and tapped the puck into a wide open net.
Despite three Mammoth penalties after the Hughson score, Amherst stood strong in the defensive end and staved off the Elmira attack and hold on to the 3-2 non-conference victory.
- Bailey Plaman '18 (4-2-0) registered 33 saves in between the pipes for Amherst in the winning effort, while Kelcey Crawford (7-1-0) made 31 stops for the Soaring Eagles.
- Elmira owned a slight 35-34 edge in shot differential.
- Each side scored on the power play, with the Mammoths going 1-for-2 and Elmira finishing 1-for-4.