Amherst Makes It Six In a Row as Big Second Period Drives Win Over No. 6 Norwich

Amherst Makes It Six In a Row as Big Second Period Drives Win Over No. 6 Norwich

AMHERST, Mass. – Extending its winning streak to six games, the Amherst College women's hockey team used two power play scores from Kaitlin Hoang '21 and four assists from Mia DelRosso '21 to down sixth-ranked Norwich University, 4-1, Tuesday evening in a non-conference battle at Orr Rink.

With the win, Amherst improves to 8-3-2 on the season, while Norwich falls to 10-4-1 overall. The Mammoths return to the ice this Friday, Jan. 17 when they kick off a home-and-home series with archrival Williams. Puck drops at Orr Rink at 7:00PM.

Looking to break open scoring midway through the first, Amanda Conway earned a solid scoring chance for the Cadets as she looked to convert on a 2-on-1. Collecting a dish from Carley Sedlar in the high slot, Conway powered a wrist shot on target, but the Amherst netminder read the situation well and came up with the highlight reel glove stop.

Capitalizing on a Cadets tripping penalty six minutes into the second stanza, Hoang netted her first of two power play scores of the night to put the Mammoths ahead, 1-0. Working the puck to the point, DelRosso's wrister was deflected off the stick of a Norwich defender directly to Hoang at the left dot who one-timed a shot into the top left corner. Emma Flynn '21 was also credited with an assist on the play.

Doubling the home team's edge two minutes later, Anne Malloy '20 hit the exact same spot to beat the Cadet netminder. Splitting the defense with a pass from just inside Mammoths territory, DelRosso connected with Malloy who ripped a laser from the right hash over the blocker of the goalkeeper.

Holding momentum, Hoang, DelRosso and E. Flynn teamed up for their second power play score with nine minutes remaining in the second period to give Amherst a 3-0 cushion. Sending a low shot on target from the blue line, DelRosso's attempt was turned away, however the rebound landed on the stick of Hoang on the left post for the put-back score.

Avoiding the shutout bid, the visitors responded at the 13:09 mark behind Julia Masotta's third goal of the winter. Winning the battle on the boards following a face off on the right side just outside Amherst territory, Ann-Frédérique Guay poked the puck up to Masotta racing to net who snuck a shot from the bottom of the circle through the legs of the Mammoths' netminder.

Retaking a three-goal edge before intermission, Amherst continued to find the top left corner as first-year Jillian Mazzocca deflected DelRosso's low shot from the point into the nylon with 4:46 on the clock to make it 4-1.

Two Amherst penalties in the final minutes of the third period put the Cadets on the power play for the final 3:21, however Norwich was unable to tighten things late as Caitlin Walker '22 registered five saves down the stretch to cap off the Mammoths' victory.

In between the pipes, Walker (7-3-2) recorded 29 saves to earn the win for Amherst, while Alexa Berg (4-3-1) made 16 stops in 31 minutes for Norwich in the losing effort. Emily Lambert finished the matchup with 11 saves in 29 minutes in relief for the visitors.

Outshooting the Cadets 18-9 in the second stanza, Amherst owned a slight 31-30 edge in shots on frame in the contest and finished 2-for-3 on the power play, while Norwich went 0-for-4 up a skater.