BRUNSWICK, Maine – A balanced offensive effort that saw the Mammoths find nylon in all three periods and a solid performance in net by Bailey Plaman '18 lifted the Amherst College women's ice hockey team past Bowdoin, 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-5-1 overall and to 3-3-1 in league play, while Bowdoin falls to 6-4-1 on the season (1-4-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 19 when they host Colby College at Orr Rink beginning at 7 p.m.
Tallying her first of two scores in the matchup, Alex Toupal '18 netted her sixth goal of the winter with 2:46 to play in the opening period to give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead. Racing into the zone on a 2-v-1, Toupal faked the pass and fired a shot from the bottom of the left circle over the right pad of the Polar Bear keeper.
Deadlocking the contest at 1-1 midway through the second stanza, Jill Rathke sent a beautiful feed to Izzi Stoddard on the far right post as she circled the net for a quick tap-in score.
Finding the back of the net seven minutes later on the power play, Toupal notched what stood as the game-winner at the 16:00 mark to put Amherst ahead 2-1. Picking off a clearing attempt by a defender in the high slot, Toupal rifled a wrist shot over Kerri St. Denis's glove and into the top right corner.
Giving the Mammoths a two-goal cushion at the 9:22 mark in the third period, Emma Flynn '21 recorded her sixth score of the season to set the score at 3-1. Forcing a turnover deep in the offensive zone on the forecheck, Flynn snuck a shot from the goal line off the keeper's skate and into the net. Katie Savage '19 was credited with the assist on the play.
Kaitlin Hoang tallied the final dagger for the Mammoths, logging an empty net goal with 1:31 remaining in regulation to lift Amherst to the 4-1 victory.
- In between the pipes, Bailey Plaman '18 (6-4-1) racked up 41 saves in the winning effort, while St. Denis (2-2-1) registered 29 stops for Bowdoin in the loss.
- The Polar Bears owned a 42-33 edge in shot differential.
- Amherst finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while Bowdoin went 0-for-3 up a skater.