AMHERST, Mass. – Lynndy Smith '18 scored the game-winning goal 2:17 into overtime to lift the Amherst College women's hockey team to a thrilling, 4-3 victory over NESCAC and Little III rival Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-0-0 on the season, 4-0-0 in NESCAC play, while Wesleyan moves to 1-3-0 overall, 1-3-0 in NESCAC play.
The opening period saw Amherst take a 1-0 lead at the 7:08 mark when assistant captain Tori Salmon '15 found the back of the net for her second goal of the season. Smith and Alex Toupal '18 assisted on the play. Just under three minutes later, Toupal doubled the Jeffs lead with her first collegiate goal with 9:57 played in the first stanza on an assist by Salmon.
Wesleyan answered when Emily Flom '15 was called for cross-checking putting the Cardinals on the power play. Cara Jankowski received a pass from Jordan Schildhaus and capitalized on the man-advantage with her third goal of the season to set the score at 2-1 with 13:03 played.
The Purple & White wasted little time responding as captain Madeline Tank '15 fired in Amherst's third goal of the frame to make it 3-1 at the 13:40 mark. Caitlyn Ryan '17 and Kristen Molina '18 assisted on the score.
In the second period, Amherst was 0-for-2 on the power play and Wesleyan was held scoreless on its first opportunity with the player advantage. The Cardinals found the net at the 18:07 mark through Laura Wasnick who was assisted by Schildhaus and Jankowski on the play which set the score at 3-2.
With just 3:39 elapsed in the third period, Schildhaus notched her third goal of the season to even the game at 3-3. Amherst's defense held tight, killing off another Wesleyan power play to send the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, a tripping call to Abigail Rutt put the Purple & White on its fourth power play and it finally broke through when Smith scored on a set up by Erin Martin '16 and Salmon just 2:17 into overtime to give Amherst a thrilling 4-3 victory.
Yuna Evans '17 made 24 saves for the Jeffs including nine in the opening period to improve to 3-0-0 on the season, while Corinne Rivard turned away 27 shots, including 12 in the third and two in the overtime period. She moves to 0-2-0 on the season.
Amherst returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 30 when it travels to SUNY Cortland for a 3 p.m. non-league tilt.