Two Goals in Final 10 Minutes Rallies Amherst to 2-2 Tie VS No.1 Plattsburgh

Two Goals in Final 10 Minutes Rallies Amherst to 2-2 Tie VS No.1 Plattsburgh

AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths rallied to score two goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation and battle back from a 2-0 deficit as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team played No. 1 Plattsburgh State to a 2-2 draw Wednesday evening at Orr Rink.

With the tie, Amherst moves to 9-5-3 on the season, while Plattsburgh State's overall ledger moves to 15-2-1. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 26 when they host archrival Williams for a 7 p.m. conference matchup. 

Capitalizing on a forced turnover just outside the offensive blue line, the Cardinals jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead 2:11 into the tilt. Stripping an Amherst skater of the puck, Abby Brush threaded a stick-to-stick pass between three defenders to Annie Katonka in the high slot who roofed a point-blank shot over the glove of the Mammoths keeper. 

Opening the second period strong, Jamie McNamara '19 made a bid to even the score at the 3:08 mark as she picked off a shot from the point and skated between the defense to earn a breakaway. Deking to her backhand, McNamara faked out the Cardinal goaltender but her attempt to redirect the puck into the net went just wide.

Doubling their advantage with 9:32 in the clock in the second period, Brush tallied her first collegiate score to give the visitors 2-0 cushion. Positioned in front of the net, Brush deflected Baye Flanagan's shot from the left point over the goal line.

Earning a solid scoring chance with 15:19 remaining in regulation, a head-ups pass by Laura Schmidlein '19 found Alex Toupal '12 alone in the high slot, however Kassi Abbott stood strong in net as Toupal's shot deflected off her shoulder to safety.

Getting on the board with 9:49 to play, Emma Griese recorded her team-leading eighth goal of the winter to cut the Mammoth deficit to 2-1. On the power play following a Cardinal elbowing penalty, Griese set up on the right post and jammed in Jocelyn Hunyadi's '19 rebound.

Deadlocking the contest at 2-2 five minutes later, Toupal found the back of the net after an indirect pass from Miriam Eickhoff '19 met the forward at center ice. Racing down the left boards, Toupal snapped a quick wrist shot from bottom of the right circle between the legs of Abbott.

Coming through in the clutch for the Mammoths with time winding down, Bailey Plaman '18 posted back-to-back impressive kick saves as Katonka and Melissa Sheeran both made attempts for the game-winner with 20 seconds to play.

The overtime period featured back-and-forth play, however neither team was able to find nylon as the matchup ended in a 2-2 draw.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Plaman (6-4-3) made 36 saves for Amherst in draw, while Abbott (9-1-1) registered 23 stops for Plattsburgh State.
  • The Cardinals owned a 38-25 edge in shot differential in the tilt.
  • Amherst finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Plattsburgh State went 0-for-2.