AMHERST, Mass. – A late score by the visitors while up two skaters forced the overtime draw as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team and Colby College skated to a 2-2 tie Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink on Senior Day.
With the draw, Amherst enters the playoffs with a 14-5-5 overall ledger and an 8-4-4 mark in league play, while Colby ends the regular season at 14-5-5 overall (9-3-4 NESCAC).
Looking to hit nylon 50 seconds into play, a dish from Izzy Tegtmeyer from the right point gave Tess Dupre a free look at frame from the bottom of the left circle, but Dupre's wrister was unable to get past the nation's fourth-ranked keeper in save percentage (0.954) as Caitlin Walker '21 smothered the puck.
Anne Malloy had a solid scoring chance to get the home team on the board with 10:59 on the clock as a 2-v-2 rush gave the senior an opportunity alone in the slot. Putting a snap shot on frame, Cierra San Roman came up with the stop as she took Malloy's attempt off her shoulder to keep the stalemate intact.
Potting the Mammoths' first goal of the weekend series with 6:56 remaining in the second stanza, junior Rose Mroczka tallied her second score of the winter less than 10 seconds after exiting the box for a checking penalty. Winning the footrace to the puck on a length-of-the ice dump in by Ava Simoncelli '20 to avoid the whistle, Mroczka found Kaitlin Hoang '21 on the boards who dished a pass back to Mroczka in front for the score.
Doubling their advantage 2:33 into the third period, Hoang made it a 2-0 game as she collected Jillian Mazzocca's '23 stick-to-stick pass on a 2-v-1 and ripped a wrister over the glove of the Mules' keeper.
Responding a minute later, Lexi Cafiero got the visitors on the board with an assist from Dupre. Intercepting a breakout pass on their offensive blue line, Dupre sent an indirect pass to Cafiero near the right dot who sent a laser into the top nearside corner.
Drawing a hooking penalty to go up a skater with 2:44 remaining in regulation, the Mules opted to pull their keeper in a bid to net the equalizer with a 6-v-4 power play. The choice by Colby paid off with 1:13 on the clock as Dupre sent a shot from the left post over the goal line after back-to-back stops by Walker.
The Mammoths owned a 6-4 edge in shots in the overtime period, but neither side was able to clinch the win as the contest concluded in a 2-2 draw.
In between the pipes, Caroline Booraem '20 made the start for the Mammoths and collected a stop, while Walker (13-5-5) registered a career-high 49 saves to earn the draw for Amherst. San Roman (4-1-4) took the tie for Colby, making 31 saves.
The visitors owned a 52-33 edge in shots on frame and went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Amherst finished 0-for-4 up a skater.
The Mammoths return to action next Saturday, Feb. 29 as they welcome Connecticut College to Orr Rink for a NESCAC Championships Quarterfinals bout.
Today's game marked Senior Day for the Mammoths who will graduate five seniors following the 2019-2020 season, including: defender Ava Simoncelli, forward and captain Eliza Laycock, forward, Sarah Melanson, forward and captain Anne Malloy, and goalkeeper Caroline Booraem. As a class, this year's seniors have compiled an overall mark of 57-31-16 to own a .632 winning percentage, with a 31-19-14 record against NESCAC opponents and an impressive 26-12-10 ledger at home. During that time, the Mammoths have outscored opponents 258-167 and have qualified for three consecutive NESCAC Championship tournaments, including back-to-back trips to the league finals in 2016-2017 and 2017-218. Congratulations Seniors!