HARTFORD, Conn. – Showing their depth on offense with scores in all three phases of the game, five different Mammoths found the back of the net as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team used a four-goal second stanza to power past Trinity College, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the Koeppel Community Sports Center.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-4-4 on the season and to 4-3-3 in league play, while Trinity falls to 5-8-3 overall (0-7-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns home to Orr Rink next weekend for its series against Little III foe Wesleyan, with the sides battling on Friday, Jan 31 beginning at 7:00PM before facing off a day later in the Mammoths' annual Pink in the Rink game.
Striking 9:10 into the matchup while up a skater, sophomore Angelina Wiater tallied the lone score of the opening period with assists from Mia DelRosso '21 and Jillian Mazzocca '23. Putting away DelRosso's shot from the point that was deflected high into the air, Wiater won the battle in the ensuing scrum in front to pot her fifth of the winter.
Doubling the Mammoths' advantage early in the second, senior captain Eliza Laycock capitalized on an errant rebound with 17:38 on the clock. Sending a shot on target from the right boards, Emma Flynn's '21 attempt was turned away, however the puck ended up on the stick of Laycock in the high slot who used a quick stickhandle to get the angle before driving a backhander into an open net.
Adding a short-handed goal to the scoresheet five minutes later, Carley Daly '23 notched an unassisted dagger and what proved to be the game-winner to make it 3-0 Amherst as she beat her defender out of the right corner and drove a backhander over the glove of the Bantams' netminder and into the top corner.
Holding momentum, Mazzocca gave Amherst a 4-0 cushion in the 29th minute after E. Flynn forced a turnover at the Trinity blue line. Pushing the puck forward to Mazzocca alone in the slot, the first-year made the most of the 1-v-0 opportunity and sent a shot over the goal line.
What stood as the Mammoths' final goal of the day came with 6:51 remaining in the second period, with Kate Pohl '23 one-timing E. Flynn's pass out of the left corner through the legs of the keeper to cap off the visitors run of five unanswered markers.
Tightening things in the third period, Trinity recorded two scores in the first half of the stanza to cut its deficit to 5-2 with 10:44 remaining in regulation.
Thwarting the Mammoths' shut out bid 1:28 after intermission, Sierra Lee got the home team on the board following a 2-v-2 rush. Corralling the deflection on the initial shot, Sierra Lee powered her follow-up attempt from the far right post into the netting.
Responding to the Mammoths' short-handed score with a player-down goal of their own, Cassidy McNeely ripped a wrister from the right hashmarks over the glove of the Mammoths netminder in what was the final goal of the battle.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (8-4-4) racked up 37 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Kai-Lilly Karpman (3-8-2) took the loss for the Bantams, making 16 stops in 33:09. Stephanie Garvis closed out the contest for Trinity, posting nine saves in 26:51 in relief.
Trinity owned a 39-30 edge in shots on frame and finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Mammoths went 1-for-6 up a skater.