AMHERST, Mass. – A goal early in the third period stood as the difference maker as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team earned a 1-0 win over Wesleyan University and the series sweep at the program's 8th annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser benefitting the Cancer Connection of Northampton at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 11-4-4 on the season and to 6-3-3 in league play, while Wesleyan drops to 6-11-1 overall (0-9-1 NESCAC). The Mammoths next hit the ice on Friday, Feb. 7 when they travel to Bowdoin College for a 7:00PM matchup.
Both sides put together scoring chances in the opening period, with the Mammoths peppering the Cardinals keeper with 21 shots and Wesleyan getting solid looks with their eight shots on frame.
The visitor's best opportunity in the first stanza came from Brooke Keough at the 15:39 mark after a faceoff win in Mammoths' territory set up Keough alone in the high slot. Ripping a shot on target, the Amherst keeper proved up to the task as she got her blocker on the attempt.
For the home team, Mia DelRosso '21 and Kate Pohl '23 each nearly got the Mammoths on the board, but Sam Smith somehow came up with the highlight reel stops on DelRosso's bouncing shot through traffic from the point and on Pohl's backhander aimed from the top corner from point-blank range.
Keeping up the pressure out of the break, Carley Daly '23 made a bid to get Amherst on the board 1:27 into the second period, but her snap shot from the bottom of the left circle rang off the crossbar.
Breaking through with 15:55 remaining in regulation, Daly capitalized on a Cardinals interference penalty with assists from Jillian Mazzocca '23 and Leslie Schwartz '23 to pot her ninth of the winter and give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead. Working the puck around the zone, Mazzocca one-timed a dish from Schwartz towards target that was redirected by Daly five-hole.
Holding the Cardinals to just two shots on frame after the decisive score, Wesleyan was unable to net an equalizer late despite pulling their keeper for the extra skater as Amherst clinched the 1-0 victory.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (10-4-4) registered 18 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Smith (4-3-0) made 41 stops in the loss for the Cardinals.
The Mammoths owned a commanding 42-18 advantage in shots on target and finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Wesleyan went 0-for-2 up a skater.
Today's matchup between the Mammoths and the Cardinals marked the Amherst College women's ice hockey program's 8th Annual Pink in the Rink game. Raising over $12,000 since the inaugural fundraiser, Amherst has once again partnered with the Cancer Connection Inc. with all proceeds from today's bake sale, chuck a duck competition, silent auction and raffle benefiting to the Cancer Connection of Northampton, Mass.!