CLINTON, NY - The 6th-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team scored four power play goals in the first period and went on to a 6-1 New England Small College Athletic Conference win over host Hamilton College at Russell Sage Rink this afternoon.
Stephanie Miquel netted the Continentals' only game of the goal. Miguel has scored at least one goal in each of the last four games, and has tallied six total in that span. She leads the team with 17 goals and 31 points.
Amherst's Braidie Campbell (Surrey, BC) and Kirsten Dier (Appleton, WI) each scored extra-skater goals in the first period, while senior tri-captain Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) added a pair of power-play goals in the frame. Harrington scored the eventual game-winner 6:07 into the period. The senior has been on a torrid scoring streak of late, and has 11 points in the last five games after a two goal, one assist performance tonight.
Amherst's Michelle McGann (New Berlin, WI) and Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) added insurance goals for the Jeffs in the second and third period, respectively. The Lord Jeffs had eight different players pick up a point in the win, with six of the eight having a multi-point night.
Jim TaylorAmherst grabbed a 1-0 lead at 3:31 of the first. Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) passed from the right circle to Campbell, who was stationed at the left post, and Campbell stuffed the puck into the back of the net for her second goal this season.
The Continentals tied the score with a shorthanded goal at 5:35. Hamilton dumped the puck into the Jeffs' zone and Amherst goalie Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) came out to clear it. Hu misplayed the puck, Miguel intercepted it and scored her 17th goal on an empty net. Miguel leads the team with 31 points.
The Jeffs took the lead for good 32 seconds later during the same power play as Harrington blasted a slap shot from the top of the right circle that beat the Continentals' Meg Shine '10. Kirsten Dier '10 made the score 3-1 on a nifty move for her third goal this season at 8:52. Dier spun around backward with the puck in the slot and slipped a low backhand shot across the goal line.
Harrington gave Amherst a 4-1 cushion with her eighth goal on another slap shot -- this time on a sharp angle from the bottom of the right circle -- with 5:20 left in the period. Hanlon completed the scoring with her ninth goal with 22 seconds left in the third. Dier and McGann had one goal and two assists apiece for Amherst.
Hu made 10 saves before she gave way to Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) at the start of the third period. Elek stopped all 12 shots she faced in the third. Shine started in goal for Hamilton and made 19 saves. Lesley Ryder recorded 17 saves in the final two periods.
On the heels of a 5-0 win at Wesleyan yesterday, Amherst has out-scored its opponents 11-1 in the last two games. The Lord Jeffs also have a five-game win streak in tact, and remain undefeated in NESCAC play at 13-0-0.
Hamilton (8-9-2 overall, 3-7-2 NESCAC) was whistled for five penalties in the first period and Amherst (13-3-0, 13-3) scored on four of the ensuing power plays. The Lord Jeffs finished the game five-for-seven with the extra skater.