AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths exploded for three goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation as the No. 9 Amherst College women's ice hockey team rallied past Hamilton, 4-1 Friday evening at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 13-5-3 on the season and to 8-3-2 in league play, while Hamilton falls to 12-7-2 overall (8-4-1 NESCAC).The two sides square off once again tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10 at Orr Rink. The puck is set to drop at 3 p.m.
Jumping out to an early lead, Olivia Hawes found nylon 3:36 into the battle to put the Continentals ahead, 1-0. Grabbing Missy Segall's rebound and skating behind the net, Emily Williams dished a pass to Hawes on the right post who roofed a snap shot over the shoulder of the Mammoth keeper, short-side.
Emma Flynn '21 had one of Amherst's best scoring chances of the opening period as she attempted to power the puck over the goal line after a misplayed attempt to cover the puck, however Sam Walther stood strong in net on two attempts before the puck was cleared to safety.
Making a bid to double up Hamilton's lead at the 8:07 mark in the second stanza, Andrea Rockey nearly made it a 2-0 contest as she snuck a quick shot off from the high slot following a Continental faceoff victory on the right side. Bailey Plaman '18 proved up to the task on the attempt however, registering a clutch kick save.
The Mammoths capitalized on tic-tac passing with 4:43 on the clock to even the score at 1-1 as they raced into the offensive zone on a 3-v-2. Ripping a shot on frame from the slot, Flynn's attempt was turned away by Walther but the rebound kicked out directly to Katie Savage '19 crashing the far post for the uncontested score.
Claiming their first lead of the matchup 10:41 into the third period, Eliza Laycock '20 tallied her third score of the winter and what stood as the game-winner to give Amherst a 2-1 edge. Collecting a pass from Miriam Eickhoff '19 on the left hash marks, Kaitlin Hoang '21 sent a shot towards goal that was redirected by Laycock past the keeper.
Finding the back of the net once again less than two minutes later, Hoang extended the Mammoth lead to 3-1 after Brenna Sullivan '18 forced a turnover in the right corner. Driving a wrist shot on target from the hash marks, Hoang's attempt deflected off the goaltenders shoulder and over the goal line.
Jamie McNamara '19 capped off the Mammoth victory with 1:42 remaining in regulation, recording an empty net score to lift Amherst to the 4-1 win.
- In between the pipes, Plaman (9-4-3) racked up 28 saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Walther (11-7-1) made 27 stops in the loss.
- The Mammoths owned a slight 31-29 edge in shot differential, including a 12-6 advantage in the third period.
- Neither side was able to convert on the power play, with Amherst finishing 0-for-6 and Hamilton going 0-for-2.