Women's Hockey NESCAC Quarterfinals Preview: No. 5 Amherst Travels to No. 4 Trinity

Women's Hockey NESCAC Quarterfinals Preview: No. 5 Amherst Travels to No. 4 Trinity

NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

AMHERST, Mass. – The fifth-seeded Amherst College women's ice hockey team is set to travel to No. 4 seed Trinity College this Saturday, Feb. 23 for a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal battle at the Koeppel Community Center. The puck is set to drop at 4:30 p.m.

LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday's NESCAC Quarterfinal will feature live stats and a webcast broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).

SETTING THE SCENE
Facing off twice so far in 2018-19, the Mammoths split their regular season series with the Bantams at Orr Rink on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Holding Trinity scoreless and striking in all three periods, a three goal second stanza pushed Amherst to the 5-0 win in the first matchup of the weekend, while Trinity struck twice in the final 10 minutes of play a day later to break the 1-1 deadlock through 50 minutes of action to clinch the 3-1 win.

Amherst, owning a 23-14 all-time record in the conference postseason, begins its run aiming to make it to the league finals for the fourth consecutive season. The Mammoths are the No. 5 seed for the second time in three years and have won three titles, the last coming in 2010. The No. 4 seed for the second time since 2017, Trinity returns to the NESCAC tournament after a one-year hiatus and has appeared in 13 of the last 14 championships. The program boasts a NESCAC title in 2015 and will hit the ice this weekend looking advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2016.

Amherst is 4-1 against Trinity in the NESCAC Championship, including a victory in the 2017 quarterfinal when the teams last met in the tournament.

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 5 Seed (12-10-2, 8-6-2 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
One of just three teams to appear in every NESCAC Championship tournament since its inception, Amherst enters the postseason for the 18th consecutive season aiming to return to the Semifinals for the 12th time in program history. Amherst will look to make it three in a row after closing out the regular season with a 2-1 win over Little III rival Wesleyan. 

  • Ranking sixth in the league in points per game (0.83), Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 leads the Mammoths in goals (7), assists (13) and points (20). Emma Flynn '21 in next on the team with 18 points behind six scores and 12 helpers to rank ninth in the NESCAC in points per game (0.78).
  • Kaitlin Hoang '21 (7G, 9A, 16P), Katelyn Pantera '19 (7G, 5A, 12P), Jamie McNamara '19 (5G, 7A, 12P) and Miriam Eickhoff '19 (1G, 9A, 10P) constitute the Mammoths other 10-plus point getters on the season.
  • In net, Caitlin Walker '22 (8-6-2) has appeared in 20 contests for Amherst, notching 470 saves to own a .931 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average in 1075 minutes. She has posted two shut outs on the winter.

SCOUTING TRINITY
No. 4 Seed (11-10-3, 8-5-3 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Entering the tournament with a 3-1-2 record in the month of February, the Bantams hit the ice aiming to pick up their third straight victory after sweeping Bowdoin with back-to-back 3-2 wins to finish off regular season play.

  • Sierra Lee leads the Bantams with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists, while Caelin Flaherty is second on the team in scoring with 19 points behind nine goals and 10 helpers.
  • Katie Marsden and Julia Lee round out Trinity's 10-plus point getters, with Marsden netting eight goals and dishing out eight assists for 16 points and Lee getting her 13 total points on an impressive 13 assists.
  • Starting 23 games, Kai-Lilly Karpman (11-9-3) has racked up 1390 minutes in between the pipes for Trinity to own a .922 save percentage and a 2.07 goals against average. Boasting five shut outs, she has totaled 568 saves on 616 shots.

BY THE NUMBERS

   No. 5 Amherst   No. 4 Trinity 
 Games 24 24
 Goals 50 51
 Goals/Game 2.08 2.12
 Assists 81 78
 Total Points 131 129
 Goals Against 49 53
 Saves 604 580
 Save % .925 .916
 GAA 2.02 2.18
 Power Play % 11.7 15.4
 Penalty Kill % 89.1 81.6
 Penalties/Game   2.8 3.8


2019 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 23
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Williams – 3 p.m.
No. 7 Connecticut College at No. 2 Middlebury – 3 p.m.
No. 6 Colby at No. 3 Hamilton – 4 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Trinity – 4:30 p.m.

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