MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Avenging a 0-1-1 record against the Mules during the regular season, the third-seeded Amherst College women's ice hockey team picked up the win when it mattered most as the Mammoths fought past second-seeded Colby College, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Arena in a NESCAC Championship Semifinal bout.
With the victory, Amherst claims its 16th 'W' of the year and improves to 16-5-5 overall, while Colby closes out its 2019-2020 campaign with a 15-6-5 overall ledger.
Getting on the board in the first period, Amherst broke open scoring at the 16:31 mark as juniors Emma Flynn and Kaitlin Hoang teamed up to give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead. Picking off a shot from the hash marks on the right boards, Hoang raced out of the visitors' defensive end and down ice on a 2-v-1 before hitting E. Flynn on the far left post for the one-touch redirect score.
Getting it back midway through the third period, Moira Mullaney potted her fifth goal of the winter to pull the sides into a 1-1 stalemate with assists from Sadie Kuhn and Izzy Tegtmeyer. Grabbing a dish from Kuhn in the neutral zone, Mullaney sent a bouncing shot on target from just inside the blue line that trickled through the legs of the Mammoths' keeper.
Countering four minutes later, Hoang logged her second point of the day and what stood as the game-winner with 6:30 remaining as she skated onto a puck at midice, dodged a defender at the blue line and cut to the middle before ripping a low wrist shot from the high slot off the leg of a Mules' defender and over the goal line, five-hole.
Sealing the victory with 1:03 to go before the buzzer, Carley Daly '23 notched one final dagger for the Mammoths as she took advantage of a Colby miscue at blue line to register an empty net goal and lift Amherst to the 3-1 victory.
Making 28 saves, sophomore Caitlin Walker (15-5-5) earned the win in frame for Amherst, while Nina Prünster (9-4-1) made 18 stops for Colby in the losing effort.
The Mules owned a 29-21 edge in shots on target, while both sides finished 0-for-2 on the power play.
With the semifinal victory, Amherst advances to tomorrow's NESCAC Championship Final and is set to take on top-seeded Middlebury at 2:00PM after the Panthers clinched a 2-1 comeback victory over No. 4 Hamilton in the first Semifinal game of the day.