Mammoths Play Nazareth to 1-1 Tie In First-Ever Meeting Between the Sides

Mammoths Play Nazareth to 1-1 Tie In First-Ever Meeting Between the Sides

AMHERST, Mass. – First-year Carley Daly netted the equalizer 55 seconds into the third period and Caitlin Walker '22 made 31 saves on the day, but neither team was able to pot the game-winner in the final 24 minutes as the Amherst College women's hockey team and Nazareth College battled to a 1-1 overtime tie Sunday afternoon at Orr Rink.

With the draw, Amherst moves to 2-2-2 on the season, while Nazareth moves to 9-1-1 overall. Amherst returns to action next Saturday, December 7 when they travel to Elmira College for a 3PM non-conference clash.

Maria DiCresce looked to open scoring four minutes into the matchup for the visitors as DiCresce and Hannah Tulchinsky raced into the offensive end on an odd-woman rush. Setting up on the right post, DiCresce was unable to sneak one past Walker as the Mammoths netminder recorded the pad save on the point-blank backhander.

Responding with 6:21 on the clock, Anne Malloy '20 earned a scoring chance for Amherst as she and Eliza Laycock '20 forced a turnover in the neutral zone. Skating down the left side on a 2-v-2, Malloy powered a wrister from the bottom of the left circle on frame, however the Golden Flyers keeper got just enough on it to push the puck wide.

One of the best chances for either side in the opening stanza came from Nazareth with 20 seconds remaining before the first intermission, but the teams went into the break in a scoreless deadlock as Stephanie Kubis slapper from the high slot rang off the left pipe.

Breaking through with 1:26 to go in the second, the Golden Flyers took a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes of action behind Keeley Rose's fifth score of the year. Looking to center the puck, Abby Luth's dish was poked back to the top of the right circle to set up Rose who skated into the puck and one-timed a low slap shot inside the near post.

Countering less than three minutes later, the Mammoths evened the sides at one all 55 seconds into the third period as Daly found the back of the net for the second time in as many games. Deflecting Stephanie Nomico's '22 shot from the point, Adrianna Brehm made the stop on Jillian Mozzocca's redirect, but the keeper was unable to control the rebound as Daly one-timed the follow-up past the diving netminder.

Nearly icing the contest with 32 seconds remaining, Kaitlin Hoang '21 got her stick on a pass just outside Golden Flyer territory to earn a clear path to net down the right side. Ripping a snap shot on target from the hash marks, Brehm stood strong to register the clutch stop for the visitors, getting her glove on Hoang's attempt that was aimed for the top right corner.

Entering overtime, both sides put together a quality chance in a bid to net the game-winner, but neither team was able to put away their opportunity as the battle ended in a 1-1 draw.

Walker (2-2-2) made 31 saves in between the pipes for the Mammoths in the draw, while Brehm (6-1-1) finished the day with 28 stops for the Golden Flyers.

Nazareth held a slight 32-29 edge in shots on frame in the matchup and went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Amherst finish 0-for-1 up a skater.