Ephs Strike Late to Best Women's Hockey, 2-1

Ephs Strike Late to Best Women's Hockey, 2-1

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – A power play score by Emma Flynn '21 pushed the game into a deadlock with 8:26 remaining in regulation, however a goal by the Ephs three minutes later stood as the difference maker as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team fell to archrival Williams College, 2-1 Saturday evening at Lansing Chapman Rink.

With the loss, Amherst moves to 8-4-3 on the season and to 3-3-2 in league play, while Williams improves to 8-4-2 overall (5-2-1). The Mammoths return to action next Friday, Jan. 24 when they travel to Trinity College for a 7:30PM conference matchup.

Opening scoring with 2:31 on the clock in the second period, Maddie Tix capitalized on a power play chance with helpers from Delaney Szlezyngier and Brynn Puppe to tally the first goal of the weekend series. Carrying the puck around the net and across the top of the right circle, Tix snuck a low shot through traffic and past the Amherst netminder.

Countering with a power play score of their own after an Ephs tripping penalty, Amherst wiped the slate clean in the 52nd minute to make it anyone's game down the stretch. Winning the faceoff in Williams' territory and moving the puck to the right point, the Ephs keeper turned away back-to-back shots from Leslie Schwartz '23 and E. Flynn before E.Flynn grabbed her own rebound out of the ensuing scrum and sent a wrister from the slot into the nylon.

Elizabeth Welch spoiled the Mammoths comeback bid with 5:52 remaining, as she put the home team back out in front with what stood as the game-winner. Notching her third goal of the winter, Welch gathered Kelly McCarthy's drop pass at the left hash marks before sending a snipe into the top right corner.

Eliza Laycock '20 had Amherst's best chance to pot the equalizer with time winding down, but the Williams keeper turned away her shot with just over a minute to go and the visitors were unable to create another quality chance despite pulling their netminder for the extra skater.

Caitlin Walker '22  (7-4-3) registered 31 saves in between the pipes in the loss for the Mammoths, while Chloe Heiting (6-4-1) made 26 stops for Williams to earn the win.

The Ephs owned a 33-27 edge in shots on target in the matchup and went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Amherst also finished 1-for-3 up a skater.