HARTFORD, CT - The fourth-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team dropped NESCAC foe Trinity College for the second straight day with a 3-1 win this afternoon. Trinity, ranked No. 10 in the nation, falls to 2-2 overall and in the NESCAC with the loss in its home opener. Amherst, improves to 4-0 overall and in the league with the sweep of this weekend's home-and-home series and extends its unbeaten streak against Trinity to eight games.
Just five minutes into the opening period, the Bantams were whistled for a pair of tripping penalties just eight seconds apart, giving Amherst a 6-on-4 advantage. Amherst wasted no time on the power play, scoring 67 seconds later on a Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) goal off an assist from sophomore Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY).
Trinity junior forward Michelle Chee (San Francisco, Calif.) narrowly missed a chance to tie, when she stole a pass that Amhert's Krystyn Elek (Summerville, S.C.) made while she was out of the crease and shot just to the left of the empty net. Amherst scored again when Trinity junior goalie Isabel Iwachiw (New York, N.Y.) made a nice save on a shot by Lord Jeff sophomore forward C.C. Wyshnytzky (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) only to see the puck knocked in on a rebound by Amherst junior forward Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, Colo.).
The Lord Jeffs extended their lead in the second period to 3-0, as Iwachiw saved a hard shot and appeared to cover the puck, but Amherst freshman forward Emily Vitale (Cheshire, Conn.) saw it sitting alone behind Iwachiw and poked it into the net. Trinity sophomore forward Kim Weiss (Potomac, Md.) put the Bantams on the board, streaking in from the left wing to flip a rebound into the upper right of the net after Elek had saved a shot by Bantam sophomore forward Alexa Guglielmi (Rocky Hill, Conn.) at the 8:13 mark of the second frame. Trinity outshot Amherst, 13-8, in the third period but Elek saved each one to preserve the victory. Iwachiw finished with 36 stops in the Bantam goal, while Elek finished the night with 27 saves.
Amherst will take to the road next weekend for conference games at Williams and Middlebury Colleges. The Lord Jeffs will battle the Ephs Friday night at 7 p.m., before heading to Vermont for a 3 p.m. game against the Panthers on Saturday.