MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior Katelyn Pantera netted the contest's lone goal with time winding down in the second period as the Amherst College women's hockey team shut out Little III rival Wesleyan University, 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Spurrier-Snyder Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 11-10-2 on the season and to 7-6-2 in league play, while Wesleyan falls to 8-14-1 overall (4-10-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 16 when they host Wesleyan at Orr Rink in their regular season finale and Senior Day. Puck is set to drop at 3 p.m.
Senior Jamie McNamara had a quality scoring chance for the Mammoths at the 17:36 mark in the opening period as she earned a breakaway, but her shot from point-blank was denied, keeping the contest scoreless heading into the first intermission.
Out of the break, Wesleyan looked to get on the board 2:35 into the second frame after Kendall Carr blasted a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. Sydneé Goyer tried to tip it home, but Amherst netminder Caitlin Walker '22 just got her stick on the puck to deny the attempt.
Breaking through the scoreless deadlock with 1:25 on the clock in the second period, Pantera tallied her seventh goal of the winter and what stood as the game-winner in an unassisted effort. Intercepting a cross ice pass at the offensive blue line to earn a breakaway, Pantera sniped a wrister over the glove of the Cardinals keeper, top-shelf.
Wesleyan's best chance to net the equalizer came with 1:15 remaining after the Cardinals pulled Grant in a last ditch effort to knot the game. Ally Detre put a backhanded shot from the slot on target, however Walker came up with a sprawling save to help the Mammoths hang on to the 1-0 victory.
In between the pipes, Walker (8-6-2) registered 19 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Allegra Grant (6-11-1) racked up 33 stops for Wesleyan in the loss.
The Mammoths owned a 34-19 edge in shots on frame and finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Cardinals went 0-for-3 up a skater.