PINE VALLEY, N.Y. – Early scoring from No. 8 Elmira led the Eagles past Amherst College women's hockey, handing the Mammoths their third loss on the season in a non-conference showdown Saturday afternoon at Murray Athletic Center.
The Mammoths setback moves them to 2-3-2 on the year while the Eagles improve to 6-2. Amherst has a quick turnaround as they travel to Oswego State tomorrow, December 8th, for a 3:00 PM clash while Elmira faces Williams in a Sunday matchup at 3:00 PM.
Getting on the board first, Elmira's Holley Riva potted her sixth goal of the season off a feed from Bella Hanson and Mary McCafferty. The junior powered a shot off the pads of Amherst's Caitlin Walker '22 and the puck caromed to Riva, who quickly snapped the puck into the net to give EC a 1-0 lead.
The teams skated fairly evenly over the next eight minutes until the Purple and gold were able to catch Amherst on a break for their second goal on the game. The puck moved its way up the right boards and Tristen Tolan rifled the puck into the opposite corner. Kelly Matthews gathered the puck and turned back towards the slot to send a pass to Jess Adams, who cut into the slot and lofted a backhanded shot into the top shelf.
Amherst attempted to battle back in the second period, as the Mammoths outshout EC 9-to-5 during the frame. Despite the number in shots, Elmira's defense stood tall and fended off a pair of Amherst power plays.
The Mammoths continued to pepper Martin in the third period, but second-year, Stephanie Martin, turned away all 14 of Amherst's attempts. Three Elmira penalties hemmed in EC's scoring opportunities during the final frame, but Eliza Beaudin broke through for the contest's final tally with 10:28 on the clock. After cycling the puck around Amherst's zone, Jenny Heath passed to Jess Adams who sent a shot that whizzed towards the net. Beaudin raced across the mouth of the goal to tip the puck past Walker for the final score on the day.
Amherst held a 31-22 advantage in shots while Walker steered away 19 saves, receiving her third loss in goal (2-3-2).
The Mammoths were forced to go 0-5 on the powerplay while the Soaring Eagles improve their all-time record against Amherst to 11-6-1.