Women's Hockey Wins 'Pink in the Rink' Game Against Williams
Issue   |   Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:54

The women’s ice hockey team had an impressive run in January, advancing their record to 13-1-3 over the month. The purple and white kicked off the new year with a 4-1 win at home over Southern Maine before hosting NESCAC rival Middlebury.

Amherst played the Panthers to two even games. On Jan. 8, the teams played to a 2-2 overtime tie, with Amherst players Katelyn Pantera ’19 and Sara Culhane ’17 contributing a goal each to keep the purple and white in play. On Jan. 9, the matchup against Middlebury again went into overtime. Sabrina Dobbins ’17 stopped 28 shots by the Panthers, while Jocelyn Hunyadi ’19, Erin Martin ’16 and Emma Griese ’18 each notched a goal in the 3-3 tie.

The purple and white then traveled to Elmira, where they played to another overtime tie before heading up to Brunswick, Maine to face Bowdoin. Despite a strong effort by the visitors, Amherst suffered its first setback of the season in a 2-3 loss to the Polar Bears. The team didn’t let the loss get them down, however, and Amherst came back the next day to defeat Bowdoin 3-1.

Following the split at Bowdoin, the purple and white have since added five wins to its season. Amherst returned to Orr Rink on Jan. 22 and 23 to meet Colby. Amherst swept the Mules that weekend, winning their games 4-1 and 3-1, respectively. In an all around team effort, seven different players from the home team notched the seven goals over the course of the weekend.

Last weekend, Amherst hosted Little Three rival Williams for its annual “Pink in the Rink” event, a game they host each year to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

“Friday’s game was a huge success both on and off the ice,” senior captain Eileen Harris said. “We’ve been preparing for that event for a few months and it showed in the prizes that were donated and the number of people that attended.”

Not only was the event itself successful, but Amherst easily defeated Williams 5-0 behind a strong first period.

Alex Toupal ’18 notched the first goal within a minute of play, intercepting a pass in front of the opponent’s net. Soon after, Martin made good on a loose puck, knocking in a rebound to give Amherst the 2-0 lead. First-year Jamie McNamara added the third goal for Amherst with under 10 minutes left in the first stanza, while Kristen Molina ’18 gave Amherst a four-goal lead on a beautiful top shelf shot near the end of the period.

The second period was back and forth, and despite tough pressure by the Amherst offense, the score remained 4-0. In a great finale to the “Pink in the Rink” event, Laura Schmidlein ’19 added the final goal of the game with 4:32 left in regulation.
Amherst traveled to Williamstown last Saturday to take on the Ephs once again, and came out on top for the second night in a row with a 4-1 victory. The start was slow, as neither team found the net in the first period, but Pantera got things going for Amherst in the second period, ripping a shot between the legs of the Ephs’ goalie five minutes into action.

Williams evened the score before the period ended, but the purple and white came out hard to start the third. Toupal found the back of the net on a pass from Martin just 1:38 into the third period. The game remained close until the visitors doubled their lead through Toupal once again to secure the win.

“Williams is always a tough game and they were right behind us in the rankings,” Harris said. “Although the score didn’t entirely reflect the pace of the game, it was a total team win.”

Next up, Amherst faces Saint Anselm at Orr Rink on Wednesday, Feb. 3.