Hot Start Leads Women's Ice Hockey Past Bowdoin, 3-1

Hot Start Leads Women's Ice Hockey Past Bowdoin, 3-1

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Starting strong, the Mammoths netted three scores in the opening 11:30 as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team downed Bowdoin College, 3-1 Friday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena. 

With the win, Amherst improves to 7-5-1 on the season and to 3-3-1 in conference play, while Bowdoin falls to 6-3-1 overall (1-3-1 NESCAC). The Mammoths and Polar Bears wrap up their two game series tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 12 beginning at 3 p.m. 

Getting the Mammoths on the board 4:09 into the battle, Ava Simoncelli '20 logged her second score of the winter following a dish from Emma Griese '18. Gathering the pass in the high slot, Simoncelli powered a quick wrist shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Doubling Amherst's lead 1:21 later, Emma Flynn '21 tallied what stood as the game-winner to put the Mammoths ahead 2-0. Racing into the offensive end on a 2-v-1, Flynn corralled a perfect leading pass from Alex Toupal '18 in the middle of the ice and sniped a shot over the keepers' glove and into the top corner.

Registering the Mammoths third goal in an eight-minute span and the final Amherst score of the tilt at the 11:30 mark, Miriam Eickhoff '19 gave the visitors a 3-0 cushion as she fired a wrist shot from the left point over the pad of the Polar Bear goalie. Flynn and Toupal were credited with the assists on the score. 

Avoiding the shut out, Tala Glass registered Bowdoin's lone score midway through the second period to set the score at 3-1 as she broke up a clearing attempt at the right point, skated towards goal and snuck a shot, short-side into the netting.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Bailey Plaman'18 (5-4-1) racked up 32 saves in the winning effort for the Mammoths. Sophia Lattanzio (4-2-0) made three stops in 11:30 in net in the loss for Bowdoin, while Kerri St. Denis (2-1-1) tallied 19 saves for the Polar Bears in relief.
  • Bowdoin owned a 33-25 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
  • On the power play, Amherst finished 1-for-6, while the Polar Bears went 0-for-4 up a skater.