Women's Ice Hockey

RECORD: 14-6-4; NESCAC: 9-4-3; NR: 8 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 NESCAC TITLES: 3 (2007, '08, '10)

No. 9 Mammoths Battle Back to Force 2-2 Overtime Draw Against Hamilton

No. 9 Mammoths Battle Back to Force 2-2 Overtime Draw Against Hamilton

AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths took an early lead and battled back to tally the game-tying score 5:50 into the third period as the No. 9 Amherst College women's ice hockey team played Hamilton to a 2-2 overtime draw Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink. 

With the tie, Amherst moves to 13-5-4 on the season ad to 8-3-3 in league play, while Hamilton moves to 12-7-3 overall (8-4-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Friday, Feb. 16 when they travel to Little III rival Wesleyan for a 7 p.m. matchup.

Netting her NESCAC-leading 15th goal of the winter, Alex Toupal '12 gave the Mammoths a 1-0 lead 4:06 into the battle. Corralling a pass from Emma Flynn '21 at center ice, Toupal turned on the jets as she entered the offensive zone, gaining inside positioning on a defender and roofing a backhander over the glove of the Hamilton keeper.

Responding less than three minutes later, Olivia Hawes converted on a power play opportunity following a Mammoth hooking penalty to tie the contest at 1-1. Setting up on the far post as Hamilton gained control of the puck in the right corner, Hawes quickly sent Kate Piacenza's dish over the goal line.

In a scoreless second period, both goaltenders came up with big stops preserve the deadlock heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation. For the Continentals, Sam Walther got her shoulder on the puck to thwart Jocelyn Hunyadi's '19 attempt on a 2-v-1 at the 11:01 mark, while Bailey Plaman '18 stood strong for Amherst with 1:50 on the clock to turn away a wrister by Hawes on the backdoor with a kick save.

Taking their first lead with 16:05 remaining in the third, Madie Bologa notched her third score of the season to put the visitors ahead, 2-1. Picking up the puck at her own blue line after back-and-forth play in the middle of the ice, Bologa weaved her way through traffic and blasted a slap shot from just inside the Amherst zone over the blocker of the Mammoth goalie and into the top corner.

Returning the favor at the 14:10 mark, Toupal recorded her second goal of the day to push the tilt to a 2-2 draw heading down the stretch. Collecting and indirect pass from Anne Malloy '20 at the offensive blue line, Toupal raced towards net and sniped a wrist shot from the left dot top-shelf, short-side.

Continental Andrea Rockey made a bid for the game-winner with 5:30 on the clock, as she dangled around a defender inside the zone to earn an uncontested opportunity, however Plaman remained steadfast in between the pipes for Amherst making a clutch pad save on the shot. 

In the overtime period, Walther posted two impressive saves in the opening 30 seconds, coming out of the net to smother a breakaway shot by Flynn 11 seconds into the stanza before diving across the crease to block a second Flynn opportunity 19 seconds later.

GAME NOTES

  • In goal, Plaman (9-4-4) registered 20 saves in the draw for Amherst, while Walther (11-7-2) made 27 stops for Hamilton.
  • The Mammoths owned a 29-22 advantage in shot differential in the matchup.
  • On the power play, Amherst finished 0-for-2, while the Continentals went 1-for-2 up a skater.