BRUNSWICK, Maine – Down 2-0 after the first period, the Mammoths responded with a three-goal flurry in the second as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team rallied for a critical 3-2 comeback win over Bowdoin College Friday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
With the win, Amherst improves to 12-4-4 on the season and to 7-3-3 in conference play, while Bowdoin drops to 7-8-3 overall (4-6-1 NESCAC). The two sides return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 8 when they close out their two-game series with a 3:00PM clash.
The Mammoths owned a decisive 17-6 advantage in shots on frame in the opening stanza, but the home team made the most of their chances to strike twice and jump out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes play.
Finding the back of the net on their first shot on target, Katie Leininger got the Polar Bears on the board 5:47 into the contest with an assist from Julia Surgenor before Elly Whitmore doubled the home team's edge six minutes later.
Mounting a comeback in the second, the Mammoths netted three scores in a seven-minute span to take a 3-2 lead into the next intermission.
Breaking through with 10:14 on the clock, Leslie Schwartz '23 capitalized on a Bowdoin roughing penalty to notch her first collegiate goal and her 10th point of the winter. Controlling the puck in the offensive end, Jillian Mazzocca '23 dished a pass to Schwartz on the far right side who sent a snap shot over the glove of the diving keeper.
Equalizing the score at two all four minutes later, Mazzocca once again found herself on the scoresheet as she powered a shot into a wide open net after a stellar backhanded pass by Kaitlin Hoang '21 from behind the net set up the first-year on the far left post.
Capping off the comeback at the 16:44 mark, Angelina Wiater '22 logged her sixth goal of the season with an assist from Emma Flynn '21. Racing towards net on a 2-v-2 rush, E. Flynn's initial shot deflected off a defender and landed at the stick of Waiter in the high slot who beat the Bowdoin netminder, five-hole, for what stood as the game-winner.
Caitlin Walker '22 (11-4-4) earned the win for Amherst in between the pipes, making 17 saves, while Danielle Marquez (5-8-2) registered 29 stops for the Polar Bears in the losing effort.