AMHERST, Mass. – Snapping the Camel's seven-game win streak, three different Mammoths found the back of the net as the Amherst College women's hockey team shut out Connecticut College, 3-0 Friday evening at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-3-2 on the season and to 2-2-1 in conference action, while Connecticut College falls to 7-4-0 overall (2-3-0 NESCAC). The Mammoths and Camels clash once again tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 11 when they wrap up their weekend series with a 3:00PM battle.
Looking to break the scoreless deadlock midway through the opening period, Erin Dillon had a solid chance for the visitors as she one-timed a shot from the slot on target, however the Mammoths' keeper stood strong on the attempt to record the stick save.
Moving the puck the length of the ice to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, Amherst got on the board with 7:34 on the clock behind senior Anne Malloy's fifth goal of the year. Controlling a dump in at the goal line, Caitlin Walker '22 redirected a pass off the boards to Kaitlin Hoang '21 who one-touched a dish to Malloy racing down the left side. Getting the angle on two defenders, Malloy dropped her shoulder and cut across the top of the crease before sending a shot inside the far post.
Catherine Lawrence had one of several solid opportunities for the Camels in the second, with the forward corralling a deflected pass alone in front of the net. Deking to her forehand, Lawrence tried to sneak the puck around the outstretched leg of the Mammoths' netminder, but Walker was able to stonewall the attempt.
Doubling Amherst's advantage in the 32nd minute, Carley Daly '23 potted her fifth of the winter with an assist from Jillian Mazzocca '23. Curling out of the left corner and sending a wrister on frame from the high slot, Carly Denora got her pad on Mazzocca's initial shot before Daly put home the rebound on the nearside post.
Adding another score to the board before the end of the second stanza, Kate Pohl '23 made the most of Elizabeth Holubiak's '22 dish from the point, powering a backhander through traffic and into the bottom left corner at the 16:23 mark to lift the Mammoths to the 3-0 victory.
In between the pipes, Walker (5-3-2) made 28 saves for the Mammoths in the winning effort, while Denora (5-3-0) registered 19 stops for the Camels in the loss.
Connecticut College owned a 28-22 edge in shots on frame on the night and went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Amherst finished 0-for-4 up a skater.