Three Second Period Goals Lift Jeffs Past Bowdoin, 4-3

Three Second Period Goals Lift Jeffs Past Bowdoin, 4-3

AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 9/6 Amherst College women's hockey team used three second period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit as the Jeffs skated to a 4-3 victory over Bowdoin College on Saturday evening at Orr Rink.

With the win, Amherst improves to 16-3-4 overall, 10-2-3 in NESCAC action, while Bowdoin moves to 9-9-5, 5-7-3 in conference play.

The Jeffs and Polar Bears will resume action on Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m. at Orr Rink. Tomorrow's contest also marks senior day for the Purple & White.

Bowdoin struck for the game's first goal just 16 seconds into the first period as Schuyler Nardelli scored on assists from Colleen Finnerty and Ariana Bourque to give the Polar Bears an early 1-0 edge. With less than two minutes to play in the first stanza, Amherst, which held a slight 10-9 advantage in shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, had its best opportunity to score the equalizer when Alex Toupal '18 burst down the left wing and pushed a pass across the center of the ice to Eileen Harris '16 just in front of the Bowdoin net. Harris's attempt went just wide of target and kept the score at 1-0 in favor of Bowdoin.

Less than five minutes into the second period, Miranda Bell put the Polar Bears ahead, 2-0 after receiving helpers from Chelsea MacNeil and Rachel Kennedy. At the 6:15 mark, Amherst answered when Harris broke into open ice down the right wing and beat the Bowdoin goalie, Lan Crofton, high on her glove side, to pull the Purple & White to within one (2-1). Caitlyn Ryan '17 and Kristen Molina '18 assisted on Harris's third goal of the season.

With 10 minutes to play in the second session and skating four aside, Amherst's Emily Flom '15 skated in on Crofton and fired a shot that sailed just over the crossbar. At the 15:37 mark, the Jeffs equalized when Erin Martin '16 scored on the rebound of Anne Gillard's '15 initial shot to set the score at 2-2. Ryan picked up the second helper on Martin's sixth marker of the 2014-15 season. Three minutes later, Ryan fired a shot from the right point that found the back of the net to give the Jeffs a 3-2 lead. Emma Griese '18 assisted on the go-ahead goal. Amherst out-shot Bowdoin, 13-9 in the frame, and held a 23-18 advantage through 40 minutes of action.

With the Jeffs owning a slim 9-7 lead in shots in the third frame, with 5:35 to play in the stanza,Toupal scored her eighth goal of the year following a perfect pass from senior assistant captain Tori Salmon to set the score at 4-2. The helper was Salmon's 16th of the season and now gives the forward 98 career points - just two shy of the 100-point milestone. Lynndy Smith '17 notched her team-leading 17th assist of 2014-15 on the scoring play.

At the 18:42 mark, Bell notched her second goal of the game - this one with an extra attacker - to pull the Polar Bears to within one but it was not enough as the Jeffs held on for the win. MacNeil and Kennedy recorded the assists on the goal.

Toupal led the Purple & White with seven shots on goal, while Harris followed with five in the winning effort. Bell led Bowdoin with six shots on target, followed by Nardelli with five shots on frame.

Crofton finished with 29 saves, while Yuna Evans '17 turned away 27 shots for Amherst. The Jeffs edged the Polar Bears in shots on goal, 33-30.