CLINTON, N.Y. – Senior Jamie McNamara proved to be the difference maker for the Mammoths in overtime, as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team edged Hamilton College, 2-1 Friday evening at Russell Sage Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-9-2 on the season and to 6-5-2 in league play, while Hamilton drops to 12-7-2 overall (6-5-2 NESCAC). Amherst and Hamilton return to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 9 when they wrap up the two-game series with a 3 p.m. battle.
First to strike, the Continentals took a 1-0 lead 7:58 into the battle behind Missy Segall's fourth goal of the year. Controlling the puck off the draw in the offensive zone, Segall corralled a pass from Kelli Mackey before juking around a defender and sniping a shot from the bottom of the left circle over over the blocker of the Mammoths' keeper.
Responding less than a minute later, senior Jocelyn Hunyadi buried her seventh score of the season to even the contest at 1-1. Racing towards net out of the corner, Kaitlin Hoang '21 dished a pass to Hunyadi on the far right post who powered a shot off the pad of the sliding keeper and over the goal line.
McNamara played hero for the Mammoths halfway through overtime, speeding past a defender down the left boards to earn a clear path to net before ripping a snap shot five-hole to lift Amherst to the 2-1 overtime victory.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (7-5-2) registered 26 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Gabrielle Venne (4-2-1) made 25 stops for Hamilton in the loss.
Each side put 27 shots on target in the matchup. The Mammoths finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Continentals went 0-for-5 up a skater.