WATERVILLE, Maine – Miriam Eickhoff '19 potted the game-winner while on the power play with just over five minutes remaining in regulation as the Amherst College women's hockey team battled their way past Colby College, 2-1 Friday evening at Alfond Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-5-2 on the season and to 4-3-2 in league play, while Colby falls to 8-4-3 overall (5-4-0 NESCAC). The two sides face off once again tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 19. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m. at Alfond Rink.
First to strike, senior Katie Savage buried her fourth goal of the season to get the Mammoths on the board with 5:43 to play in the first period. Winning the race to a 50-50 puck, Jamie McNamara '19 set up the score as she dished a short pass to Savage cutting through defenders in the high slot before Savage powered a low wrist shot into the nylon, blocker side.
Responding 20 minutes later, Lauren Klein evened things at one all at the 15:28 mark in the second stanza to set up an exciting third period. Corralling the puck behind the net, Colleen Donoghue slid a no-look, backhanded pass to Klein on the near right post who quickly one-timed a shot past the Amherst keeper.
Up a skater following a Mules interference penalty with 5:09 remaining in regulation, Eickhoff notched her first goal of the winter and what stood as the game-winner with assists from Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 and Emma Flynn '21. Sending the puck towards the target, Jocelyn Hunyadi's '19 shot from the point was knocked down in front, however Eickhoff was there to rip a low shot into the bottom left corner.
Colby thought it had the tying goal with time winding down following a wild scramble in front of the Amherst net, however the Mules' celebration was cut short by the referee who determined the puck did not cross the goal line.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (4-3-2) registered 23 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Cierra San Roman (4-3-1) racked up 32 stops for Colby in the loss.
The Mammoths owned a 34-24 edge in shots on frame and finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Mules went 0-for-2 up a skater.