AMHERST, Mass. – Four different Mammoths found the back of the net and the home team took eye-popping 62 shots in the matchup, as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team shut out Southern Maine, 4-0 Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference tilt at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-5-1 on the season, while Southern Maine drops to 4-11-0 overall. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 12 when they travel to Bowdoin for a 7 p.m. NESCAC battle.
Breaking through with 8:01 to play in the first period, Katelyn Pantera '19 gave the home team a 1-0 lead following an indirect breakout pass from Laura Schmidlein '19. Collecting the puck at mid-ice, Pantera raced down the left side before rifling a wrist shot over the glove of the Huskies keeper.
Doubling the Mammoths' advantage 16 seconds later, senior captain Emma Griese netted her team-leading seventh score of the season as she gathered her own rebound and sent the follow-up attempt over the goal line.
Pressuring in the offensive zone early in the second stanza, Amherst needed just 1:45 to earn a three-goal cushion behind a goal from Emma Flynn '21. Batting down a clearing attempt on the left boards, Flynn curled towards net and powered a low wrist shot from the high slot into the bottom right corner.
A heads-up play by Emilee Burris resulted in one of Southern Maine's best scoring chances of the contest with 13:02 on the clock as Burris picked off a pass in the high slot and sent a uncontested shot on target, however Sabrina Dobbins '18 proved up to the task and got her glove on the attempt.
Keeping the Huskies within striking distance, Britney Evangelista came up with a clutch kick save for USM at the 6:29 mark following a skillful move by Rose Mroczka '21 that saw the forward cut back on a defender and drive a point-blank shot on frame.
Notching her first collegiate goal and the final dagger for the Mammoths, Kaitlin Hoang '21 extended Amherst's lead to 4-0 with 12:15 remaining in regulation. Setting up near the right post, Hoang redirected Mia DelRosso '21 shot from the point into the nylon to lift Amherst to the shut out victory.
- In between the pipes, Dobbins (2-1-0) registered 14 saves for the Mammoths in the winning effort, while Evangelista (1-7-0) racked up an impressive 58 stops for Southern Maine in the loss.
- The Mammoths eclipsed 20 shots in each of the three periods en route to owning a 62-14 advantage in shot differential.
- Neither side was able to convert on the power play in the battle, with both Amherst and the Huskies finishing 0-for-2.