MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Two power play goals pushed the Panthers past the Mammoths, as the Amherst College women's hockey team fell to No. 6/7 Middlebury College, 3-0 Saturday evening at Kenyon Arena.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 4-5-2 on the season and to 1-3-2 in league play, while Middlebury improves to 5-1-3 overall (4-0-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 12 when they host Bowdoin College beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The teams played a tightly contested and energetic first period, with the hosts holding a slim 8-7 edge in shots.
The Panthers best chance to get on the scoreboard came just under five minutes into the contest, as Madie Leidt cut towards net from the left side and powered a shot on target, however the attempt rang off the post.
Nearly breaking through with 1:30 remaining before the first intermission, Emma Flynn '21 earned a partial breakaway down the right wing, but the Panther goalkeeper stood strong in net to make the stop and keep the game scoreless.
The second stanza featured a strong push in the latter stages by the Panthers, with the home team generating several scoring chances from close range. Caitlin Walker '22 came up with three big saves in less than a minute, denying Panther forward Katherine Jackson twice and Leidt once, however the home team later cashed in on a 5-on-3 power play as Leidt blasted a one-timer from the left dot over the glove of the netminder at the 18:31 mark.
In the third period, Miriam Eickhoff '19 forced Anna Goldstein to make a couple of tricky saves from the point that went through traffic in front, while Jamie McNamara's '19 shot from the slot was also stopped five minutes into the period to keep the Mammoths scoreless.
Doubling the Panther lead at the 9:07 mark, Leidt collected a dish from Katherine Jackson alone in the slot before sending a wrister over into the top right corner.
Completing the hat trick with her second power play score of the day, Leidt capped off Middlebury's 3-0 win with 5:42 remaining as Anna Zumwinkle's shot from the point was kicked to Leidt in the high slot for the one-time score.
Goldstein made her final save in the closing seconds, stopping a good power move to the net by McNamara from the left side.
In between the pipes, Walker (2-3-2) registered 27 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Goldstein (2-1-1) made 24 stops for Middlebury in the win.
The Panthers owned a 30-24 edge in shots on target in the matchup and finished 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Mammoths went 0-for-3 up a skater.