CLINTON, N.Y. – The Continentals 2-for-4 effort on the power play proved to be the difference maker, as the Amherst College women's hockey team fell to Hamilton College, 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Russell Sage Rink.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 10-10-2 on the season and to 6-6-2 in league play, while Hamilton improves to 13-7-2 overall (7-5-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice next Saturday, Feb. 16 when they travel to Little III rival Wesleyan for a 3 p.m. matchup.
Grabbing a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period, Kate Piacenza notched her ninth goal of the winter for the Continentals. Lining up for the faceoff on the right dot, Jenna Jewell won the draw back to Piacenza who sent a wrister off a defender and into the nylon.
Responding five minutes later following a Hamilton tripping penalty, Katie Savage '19 netted her sixth goal of the year with assists from Emma Flynn '21 and Miriam Eickhoff '19. Ripping a shot on target after a D-to-D pass from Eickhoff, Flynn's attempt was met with a kick save, however Savage was there on the right post to put the rebound home.
Retaking the lead with 3:33 on the clock, Lexi Takashima made it 2-1 in favor of the Continentals. Up a skater following an Amherst penalty, Takashima slid a shot from the high slot just inside the right post.
Extending the home team's edge to 3-1 at the 7:43 mark in the second stanza, Mya Berretta tallied Hamilton's second power play score of the contest. Corralling the puck on the right side, Jess Haviland's shot trickled through the legs of the Amherst keeper before Berretta pushed the puck over the goal line.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (7-6-2) registered 27 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Gabrielle Venne (5-2-1) made 28 stops for Hamilton in the win.
The Continentals owned a slight 30-29 edge in shots on frame and finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Mammoths went 1-for-4 up a skater.