AMHERST, Mass. – Five different Mammoths found the back of the net across all three periods as the Amherst College women's hockey team shut out Trinity College, 5-0 Friday evening at Orr Rink to earn its first conference victory of the season.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-1-1 on the year and to 1-1-1 in league play, while Trinity drops to 1-3-0 overall (0-3-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 1 when they wrap up their two-game series with the Bantams beginning at 3 p.m.
Fast out of the gate, the Mammoths needed just 1:23 to tally what stood as the game-winner, with Laura Schmidlein '19 potting her first goal of the winter with assists from Emma Flynn '21 and Kenzie MacDonald '22. Corralling a dish from Flynn at the the left dot, Schmidlein's first shot on target was turned away by the Bantams' keeper, however she buried her own rebound to get the home team on the board.
Earning a scoring chance for Trinity midway through the opening stanza, Olivia White nearly deadlocked the contest as the visitors raced into the offensive end on a 3-v-2, but her blast from the high slot was met with a shoulder save by Caitlin Walker '22.
With time winding down, the Bantams once again had a solid chance to even the contest at one all as Lauren Mac master edged out a defender to earn a breakaway down the right side, however the Amherst keeper stonewalled Mac master as she deked to her backhand.
Doubling their advantage at the 6:32 mark in the second period, Katelyn Pantera '19 registered a score as she picked up the puck behind the net and sent a wrap around attempt over the goal line. Seniors Jamie McNamara and Jocelyn Hunyadi were credited with the assists on the play.
Extending the Mammoths' edge to 3-0 with 8:49 on the clock, Sarah Wagner notched an unassisted marker after poking a 50-50 puck past a Trinity defender to earn a clear path to net. Powering a perfectly placed wrist shot from the left dot on frame, Wagner beat the Bantams' keeper low right-hand side.
Recording Amherst's third goal of the period just over two minutes later, Kaitlin Hoang '21 made it 4-0 with assists from Flynn and Anne Malloy '20. Ripping a shot on target from the blue line, Flynn's attempt was met with a kick save, however the rebound deflected directly to Hoang on the far right post for the one-time score.
The Bantams' best chance of the third period came with 15 minutes remaining in regulation as Ellie Fellows put back-to-back shots on target from point-blank range on the left post, however Walker stood strong in between the pipes to rack up two stops and hang on to the shut out.
Finding nylon once more at the 9:22 mark, senior Katie Savage netted Amherst's final insurance tally as Flynn forced a turnover in the right corner and dished a cross ice pass to Savage for the score.
In goal, Walker (1-0-1) made 21 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Kai-Lilly Karpman (1-3-0) registered 20 stops for Trinity in the loss.
The Mammoths owned a 25-21 advantage in shots on goal and went 0-for-2 on the power play in the matchup, while the Bantams finished 0-for-4 up a skater.