AMHERST, Mass. – Brenna Sullivan '18 netted a pair of goals as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team posted a 2-0 victory over Hamilton College in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC contest at Orr Rink that also marked the season opener for both teams.
With the win, Amherst begins its campaign 1-0-0 overall, 1-0-0 in league action, while Hamilton starts 0-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 in NESCAC play. The sides will meet again on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Clinton, N.Y.
In the opening period, both teams recorded five shots before Amherst broke the scoreless deadlock on a goal by Brenna Sullivan '18 at the 9:28 mark. Emily Flom '15 and Kristen Molina '18 assisted on the score.
The Continentals had a pair of power play opportunities in the first stanza, notching three shots during the man-advantage, but Jeffs' sophomore goalie Yuna Evans made five of her 14 saves in the first 20 minutes to help Amherst stake a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
In the second frame, Sullivan struck for her second goal of the season on a pass from Caroline Bomstein '16. The Purple & White outshot Hamilton, 8-4 in the second period, led by two shots each from Caitlyn Ryan '17 and Flom. Alycia Racicot had two shots for the Continentals in the period.
In the third stanza, Amherst applied heavy pressure in the Hamilton defensive zone as it held a 14-5 shot differential. Continentals' goalie Sam Walther was brilliant in the final 20 minutes, making 14 of her 25 saves during the final period. Flom, captain Madeline Tank '15, Eileen Harris '16 and Camille Herzog '17 each fired two shots during the period but were not able to score.
Flom and Ryan finished with four shots each for the Jeffs, while Bomstein and Harris added three shots each in the winning effort.
Racicot, Mairead Carey, Megan Fitzgerald, Caroline Knop, Katie Parkman and Megan Ahern notched a pair of shots each in the losing effort for Hamilton.
The Continentals held a slim 26-24 advantage in faceoffs, led by Hannah Bartlett who won 12. Assistant captain Tori Salmon '15 won nine for the Purple & White.