WATERVILLE, Maine – A three-goal second period lifted the Mammoths to victory, as the Amherst College women's hockey team downed Colby College, 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Alfond Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-5-2 on the season and to 5-3-2 in league play, while Colby falls to 8-5-3 overall (5-5-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice on Tuesday, Jan. 22 when they travel to Norwich for a 6 p.m. midweek matchup.
Following a scoreless first period, the sides combined for five quick goals in a seven-minute span in an action packed second stanza.
First on the scoreboard, Cassidy Holzer gave the home team the edge at the 7:45 mark as she corralled a pass from Tess Dupre in the high slot after forcing a turnover at the blue line and powered a shot into the bottom right corner.
Responding three minutes later, Emma Flynn '21 evened the contest at one all as she kept the puck on a 3-v-1 rush and sniped a wrist shot over the glove of the Mules' keeper.
Tallying her second goal of the night 1:54 later, Flynn gave the visitors their first lead of the contest with 7:11 on the clock. Putting a shot on target from point blank range, Flynn's first attempt was turned away by Nina Prünster, however Flynn was able to gain control of her own rebound and slide a shot over the goal line. Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 was credited with the assist on the play.
Colby needed just 17 seconds to bounce back and set the score at 2-2, as Holzer redirected a shot from the left boards over the blocker of the Mammoths' goalie to log her third goal of the winter.
Retaking the lead at the 14:53 mark, Sarah Wagner '19 potted what stood as the game-winner with an assist from Stephanie Nomicos '22. Keeping the puck in the zone at the offensive blue line, Nomicos connected with Wagner all alone behind the defense before Wagner sent the puck past the keeper, five-hole.
Mia DelRosso '21 notched a final insurance goal for Amherst, sending a shot into an empty net with 38 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Mammoths to the 4-2 victory.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (5-3-2) registered 23 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Prünster (4-2-1) made 38 stops for Colby in the loss.
The Mammoths owned a 42-25 edge in shots on target and finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Mules went 0-for-3 up a skater.