McNamara Comes Through in the Clutch as No. 5 Amherst Downs No. 4 Trinity in OT

McNamara Comes Through in the Clutch as No. 5 Amherst Downs No. 4 Trinity in OT

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Bantams forced overtime with a last second score, however Jamie McNamara '19 needed just 3:39 to net the game-winner in OT as the fifth-seeded Amherst College women's hockey team edged fourth-seeded Trinity College, 3-2 in a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinals bout Saturday evening at the Koeppel Community Center. 

With the win, Amherst improves to 13-10-2 on the season, while Trinity closes out the 2018-19 campaign with a 11-11-3 overall ledger. Amherst returns to action next weekend, Saturday, March 2 when they battle top-seeded Williams College in the NESCAC Semifinals in Williamstown, Mass.

Karinna Cave-Hawkins gave the home team the edge after a scoreless first stanza, striking 49 seconds into the second to make it 1-0 in favor of the Bantams. Capitalizing on a 3-v-1 fast break, Ellie Fellows hit Cave-Hawkins on the far left post for the redirect score.

Getting on the board at the 7:53 mark in the third period, Kaitlin Hoang '21 evened the contest at one all with an assist from Jocelyn Hunyadi '19. Winning the faceoff on the left dot, Hunyadi sent a dish to Hoang on the far post who lofted a highlight reel backhander over the blocker of the Bantams' keeper. 

Taking their first lead of the night 39 seconds later, Miriam Eickhoff '19 made it 2-1 following Trinity's lone penalty of the contest. Working the puck around the zone on the power play, Eickhoff one-timed a bouncing puck through traffic and between the legs of Kai-Lilly Karpman. Hunyadi and Emma Flynn '21 were credited with the assists on the play.

Pulling their goalie in a bid to net the equalizer with time winding down, Trinity made good on the opportunity as Cave-Hawkins potted her second goal of the battle with 47 seconds remaining in regulation. Controlling the puck in the offensive end, Angelica Mushenko's shot from the point was met with a pad save, however Cave-Hawkins was able to send the rebound into the nylon to force overtime. 

In overtime, Amherst killed off the final 1:12 of a late penalty in regulation thanks to four saves from Caitlin Walker '22 before McNamara potted the game-winner at the 3:39 mark. Turning on the jets to beat her defender down the left boards, Karpman came up with the initial save before McNamara poked the clincher over the goal line to seal the Mammoths' victory. 

In between the pipes, Walker registered 27 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Karpman made 29 stops for Trinity in the loss. 

The Mammoths owned a 32-29 advantage in shots on frame and finished a perfect 1-for-1 on the power play, while the Bantams went 0-for-1 up a skater.