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AMHERST, Mass. – Ellen Swiontkowski '12 had a goal and two assists in the opening period and Kerri Stuart '14 finished with 30 saves, helping the fifth-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team open its weekend with a 6-0 win over Oswego State Saturday evening at Orr Rink.
The Lord Jeffs improve to 6-1-0 overall and will close out their first semester by hosting top-ranked and unbeaten Rochester Institute of Technology (11-0-0) Sunday at 3 p.m. The Lakers will not return to action until Jan. 13 when they take on Chatham.
Stuart improved to 3-1-0 with her second shutout of the season, while junior tri-captain Geneva Lloyd recorded three assists to match Swiontkowski's three points.
The first-ever meeting between Amherst and Oswego featured a penalty-ridden opening period, which the Lord Jeffs took advantage of by scoring all three of their goals on the power play. After the Lakers failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 situation in the early going, Amherst was awarded a two-skater advantage of its own. Ashley Salerno '14 made it count when she received a pass from Swiontkowski at the point and delivered a slapshot that made its way through traffic and past goaltender Catherine Cote '14 with 14:51 on the clock.
Swiontkowski gave Amherst its second goal 7:12 later when she worked a give-and-go with classmate Josie Fisher. After receiving the puck in the left circle, Fisher sent it back to Swiontkowski in front of the net, allowing her to push a shot past Cote for her fourth goal of the season.
Cote came up with several impressive saves late in the opening period, but the hosts came through with yet another power play goal with 4:08 to play. Swiontkowski set things up by sending a shot toward the net, allowing Stephanie Clegg '12 to beat Cote with a redirection that gave the Oswego goalie little chance of coming up with a save.
Cote made 10 saves before being pulled at 17:43 due to an injury, bringing first-year Bridget Smith into the game. Stuart stopped 10 shots for Amherst in the opening period.
Amherst pushed its lead to 4-0 7:26 into the second period on a goal from senior forward Erin Babineau. Avery Stone '14 delivered a pass to Geneva Lloyd '13, who took a shot from in front of the home bench. Babineau put herself in a good position for a deflection, giving the Jeffs a 4-0 lead they would carry into the second intermission.
The Lakers hit the left post during a short-handed opportunity six minutes into the third period, but it was Amherst that struck again when Megan Doyen '13 scored on assists from Kaitlyn McInnis '13 and Hayley Opperman '14 at 8:28. The Jeffs pushed their lead to 6-0 at 11:55 when Emily Vitale '12 scored unassisted on the power play, carrying the puck up the left wing before ripping a shot past Smith for the final goal of the night.
Amherst entered the game having converted only five of its first 26 power play chances of the season (19.2), but the Jeffs were 4-for-9 against the Lakers. Oswego, meanwhile, came up empty on all six of its 5-on-4 opportunities. Smith finished with 24 saves in relief of Cote, who dropped to 3-4-1 on the year.