AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths rallied to score three goals in the final 15 minutes of action as the Amherst College women's hockey team downed Bowdoin College, 3-1 at Orr Rink Saturday afternoon to sweep the weekend series.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-5-2 on the season and to 3-3-2 in league play, while Bowdoin falls to 1-12-1 overall (0-6-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action next Friday, Jan. 18 when they travel to Colby College for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Jumping out to a 1-0 lead, Izzi Stoddard potted her third goal of the winter 1:40 into the contest to give the visitors an early edge. Getting to the red line and wrapping the puck around the boards, the Mammoths' keeper was unable to stop Angelina Joyce's dump in behind the goal as the puck continued on to Stoddard who quickly sent a shot into an unguarded net.
Putting 14 shots on frame in the first stanza, the Mammoths best chance came with 4:30 on the clock as Mia DelRosso '21 powered a low, hard shot from the left point through traffic, however the Polar Bear's keeper just got her pad on the puck as she slid across the crease to come up with the clutch stop.
Looking to add to their lead at the 16:13 mark, Miranda Bell tested Caitlin Walker '22 after a 2-v-1 found her alone in the slot, however her wrister from point-blank range was met with a spectacular glove save by the first-year.
Earning another close call two minutes into the second stanza, Katie Savage '19 connected with Laura Schmidlein '19 in the slot to give the Mammoths' an uncontested opportunity, however her one-touch shot on target was stonewalled by Kerri St. Denis.
Getting Amherst on the board at the 6:36 mark in the final period, Katie Savage '19 logged her third goal of the season to pull things even at one all. Corralling a dish from Anne Malloy '20 behind the net, Savage sent a wrap around goal through the legs of the Polar Bears' keeper.
Taking their first lead of the battle three minutes later, the Mammoths capitalized on a Bowdoin slashing penalty, with Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 shooting a deflected puck from the left post over the goal line. Kaitlin Hoang '21 and Miriam Eickhoff '19 were credited with the assists on the play.
Tallying the final insurance dagger for Amherst, Hunyadi made it 3-1 while down a skater with under two minutes to go, sending the puck from the left corner the length of the ice and into an empty net.
In between the pipes, Walker (3-3-2) racked up 31 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while St. Denis (0-10-0) made 42 stops for Bowdoin in the loss.
The Mammoths owned a 45-32 edge in shots on frame and finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Polar Bears went 0-for-5 up a skater.