NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Three different Mammoths found the back of the net in a strong all around team effort, as the Amherst College women's hockey team overpowered No. 6/4 Norwich University, 3-1 Tuesday evening at Kreitzberg Arena. It is the first time the Mammoths have downed the Cadets since the 2015-16 season.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-5-2 on the season, while Norwich's overall ledger falls to 14-4-1 on the year. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 25 when they travel to archrival Williams for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Amherst came out firing on all cylinders in the first period, outshooting Norwich by a 13-6 margin and taking a 1-0 lead at the 16:41 mark of the period.
Kaitlin Hoang '21 set up the Mammoths' scoring play, stripping the puck off a NU defender's stick deep inside Cadet territory before dishing a pass to Kenzie MacDonald '22 on the left point. Sending a low wrist shot towards frame, MacDonald's shot was redirected by Emma Flynn '21 into the bottom right corner for her fifth goal of the winter.
Doubling their lead following a scoreless second stanza, the Mammoths struck 1:50 into the third period to make it a 2-0 game. Catching the Cadets on a line change, Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 won the battle along the boards to poke the puck to Flynn behind the net who quickly connected with a wide open Hoang in front for the one-timer.
Added one final insurance dagger with 3:15 remaining in regulation, senior Sarah Wagner potted her third goal of the year with an assist from Miriam Eickhoff '19. Rifling a shot on net through traffic from the left circle, Eickhoff's attempt rang off the near post before deflecting to Wagner on the far side who slapped the loose puck over the goal line.
Pulling their goalie in a bid for a late rally, Norwich broke through with 2:04 on the clock to avoid the shutout as Amanda Conway scored her nation-leading 22nd goal of the season with an assist from Sophie McGovern, however it proved too little too late for the Cadets as Amherst clinched the 3-1 victory.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (6-3-2) racked up 34 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Emily Lambert (8-3-1) made 23 stops for Norwich in the loss.
The Cadets owned a 35-26 edge in shots on target and finished 0-for-2 up a skater, while the Mammoths went 0-for-3 on the power play.