PLYMOUTH, N.H – The Mammoths outshot the Panthers 53-21, however a two-score first stanza by the home team proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College women's hockey team was edged by Plymouth State University, 2-1 Wednesday evening at Hanaway Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 9-8-2 on the season, while Plymouth State improves to 4-13-3 overall. Amherst returns to the ice this Saturday, Feb. 2 when they travel to No. 3/2 Plattsburgh State for a 3 p.m. non-conference clash.
First to strike, the Panthers made it a 1-0 game 8:33 into the opening period. Corralling a regroup pass from Kassidy Lyons at the offensive blue line, Brooke Maggy fired a shot from the right dot over the glove of the Amherst keeper.
Jamie McNamara '19 looked to even the score two minutes later, as she kept the puck on a 2-v-1 and powered a shot on target from point blank range, however her attempt was met with a right pad save by Emelie Lindqvist.
Grabbing a 2-0 lead before intermission, Sydney Linnick potted what stood as the game-winner at the 14:10 mark. Capitalizing on a dish from Taylor Jackson, Linnick rifled a wrist shot from the top of the right circle into the top left corner of the net.
Outshooting the home team 17-5 in the second stanza, the Mammoths had several close chances to cut into the Plymouth State lead, but Lindqvist stood strong in net to keep Amherst scoreless heading into the third.
Breaking through with 11:39 remaining in regulation, Katie Savage '19 tallied her fifth goal of the winter to cut the Amherst deficit to 2-1. Up a skater following a Panther tripping penalty, Mia DelRosso '21 ripped a slapper towards frame that was deflected by Savage into the nylon.
The Mammoths upped the pressure in an effort to net the equalizer with time winding down, testing the Plymouth State goalie with five shots in the final minute of play, however the Panthers were able to stave off the onslaught to clinch the 2-1 victory.
In between the pipes, Caroline Booraem '20 (1-1-0) made five stops for Amherst in the losing effort, while Caitlin Walker '21 made 14 saves in 40 minutes in relief. Lindqvist racked up 52 saves in the win for Plymouth State.
The Mammoths owned a dominative 53-21 edge in shots on target and went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Panthers finished 0-for-3 on the power play.