Salmon Nets 100th Point, Jeffs Fall to Bowdoin, 3-2

Salmon Nets 100th Point, Jeffs Fall to Bowdoin, 3-2

AMHERST, Mass. - Senior assistant captain Tori Salmon notched a pair of assists and has now reached the 100-point milestone for her career as the No. 9/6 Amherst College women's hockey team fell to Bowdoin College, 3-2 in NESCAC action on Sunday afternoon at Orr Rink.

With the loss, Amherst concludes its regular season, 16-4-4 overall, 10-3-3 in NESCAC action, while Bowdoin improves to 10-9-5 overall, 6-7-3 in league play.

Salmon becomes the eighth player in program history to reach 100 points (44 goals, 56 assists) in her career, with Geneva Lloyd '13 (115 on 44 goals and 71 assists) being the most recent player to accomplish the feat. Genny Furst '00 (1996-97 to 1999-2000) is the Jeffs' all-time leader in points with 163 (73 goals, 90 assists).

In a first period that featured a 15-6 advantage for Amherst in shots on goal, the Jeffs put Bowdoin under intense pressure as Erin Martin '16, Camille Herzog '17, Lynndy Smith '17 and Alex Toupal '18 each blasted two shots on goal.

Polar Bears' goalie Lan Crofton made 15 saves in the stanza, including a pair of point-blank stops on back-to-back shots by Martin. Miranda Bell then found open ice in the offensive zone and was able to beat Yuna Evans '17 at the 18:20 mark to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead. Jill Rathke and Chelsea MacNeil assisted on the goal.

Midway through the second stanza, the Purple & White had tremendous offensive zone time. Bowdoin was able to clear the puck away from its net and Maddie Baird pushed a pass up to Bell who was breaking down the right wing. She finished with her second goal of the game at the 10:50 mark to give the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead.

After the visitors fended off a brief 5-on-3 advantage for the Jeffs, Amherst was able to net a power play goal  at the 14:53 mark after Emma Griese '18 deposited the loose puck following a shot from the center of the blue line from Smith to set the score at 2-1. The goal was Griese's seventh of the season and was also assisted by Salmon.

Bowdoin upped its edge back to two at the 17:59 mark with a power play marker of its own as MacNeil scored following passes from Bell and Colleen Finnerty to give the Polar Bears a 3-1 cushion at the second intermission.

At the 14:19 mark of the third period, Amherst pulled to within one (3-2) when Eileen Harris '16 lit the lamp with her fourth goal of the season. Salmon and Toupal assisted on the scoring play. With 2:11 to play in regulation, the Jeffs pulled Evans in favor of an extra attacker. Caitlyn Ryan '17, Salmon and Emily Flom '15 each had good looks at an equalizer, but a pair of Crofton saves and a wide shot preserved Bowdoin's one-goal lead. With 20 ticks on the clock, Salmon had another shot at a goal but Crofton turned the attempt aside.

Toupal led the Jeffs with six shots on target, followed by four apiece from Anne Gillard '15, Herzog and Smith as the Purple & White held a 41-27 advantage in the contest. Bell and MacNeil fired six shots on goal each to lead the Polar Bears.

Crofton (9-6-3) made 39 saves in the win, including 15 in the first stanza, while Evans (9-2-2) made 12 of her 24 stops in the second session.

Amherst returns to action as the second seed in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Championship tournament on Saturday, February 28. The Jeffs will host No. 7 Colby College at 7 p.m. on Saturday.