AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths netted back-to-back goals midway through the game, but a strong, three-score start by the Panthers proved too much to overcome as the No. 10 Amherst College women's ice hockey team fell to No. 7 Middlebury College, 4-2 Friday evening at Orr Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 5-5-0 on the season and to 2-3-0 in league play, while Middlebury improves to 5-3-0 overall (4-1-0 NESCAC). The Mammoths and Panthers wrap up their two game series at Orr Rink tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 6. The puck is set to drop at 3 p.m.
Earning a breakaway opportunity 5:53 into the contest, Emma Griese '18 nearly gave Amherst an early lead as she picked up the puck at mid-ice and raced into the zone, however Lin Han stood strong and gloved down the attempt to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0.
Finding the back of the net at the 11:07 mark, Alexis Ryan and Jenna Marotta teamed up to give the Panthers a 1-0 edge. Corralling a pass from Marotta at the top of the blueline, Ryan powered a wrist shot into the bottom left corner.
Extending the Panther lead 3:22 into the second stanza, Elizabeth Wulf made it 2-0 in favor of the visitors as she raced down the right side, collected her own rebound and sent a shot over the pad of the Amherst keeper.
Converting on their first power play of the tilt, Middlebury earned a 3-0 cushion at the 5:49 mark behind a Madie Leidt score. One-timing a pass from Jenna Marotta at the left point, Leidt sniped the puck into the top corner of the net, short-side.
Responding 28 seconds later, Alex Toupal '18 registered her fifth score of the winter to get the home team on the board. Positioned on the far post, Toupal corralled Ava Simoncelli's '20 rebound and buried her attempt over the pad of the outstretched Panther goalie.
Cutting the Mammoth deficit to 3-2, Griese found the back of the net 2:57 into the third period. Up a skater, Griese set up in the low slot and one-timed a pass from Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 through the legs of the keeper.
Responding five minutes later, Sidney Portner made it 4-2 in favor of the Panthers at the 7:58 mark as she skated down the right side and ripped a wrist shot just inside the far post.
- Bailey Plaman '18 (4-4-0) took the loss for the Mammoths, recording 12 stops in 25:50 in net, while Sabrina Dobbins '18 recorded 15 saves in 32:55 in relief. Lin Han (4-2-0) made 25 saves in between the pipes for the Panthers in the win.
- Middlebury owned a slight 31-27 edge in shot differential, while both sides finished 1-for-2 on the power play.