Women’s Ice Hockey Drops Two One-Goal Games to Conference Rivals Hamilton
Issue   |   Tue, 02/14/2017 - 22:45
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Emma Griese ‘18 helped Amherst limit Hamilton to only three goals.

The Amherst women’s ice hockey team travelled to Clinton, New York for a two-game series against NESCAC foe Hamilton this past weekend. They fell twice to the Continentals with a 3-2 overtime loss on Friday and a 1-0 loss on Saturday. With these losses, Amherst falls to 11-7-4 on the season.

On Friday, Amherst came out strong and went up 1-0 just 12 minutes into the game. Jamie McNamara ’19 beat a Hamilton defender in a footrace and deflected the loose puck between the legs of Hamilton goalie Sam Walther.

In the third, the purple and white widened their lead to 2-0 as Alex Toupal ’18 scored her NESCAC-leading 17th goal of the season. With two minutes left in regulation, the Continentals pulled Walther to give themselves an extra skater.

In the final 1:46, Hamilton netted two goals, sending the game into overtime. In the extra period, Pantera and Sara Culhane ’17 took hard shots on frame, but Walther was able to make the saves. Hamilton earned a power play off of a roughing call and with 49.9 seconds to play, the Continentals found the back of the net, securing the overtime win.

The final score was 3-2 in favor of the Continentals, despite Amherst outshooting Hamilton 43-36. However, Amherst failed to capitalize on its one power play opportunity, while Hamilton did.

Amherst’s offense was unable to finish on Saturday, despite a 32-20 shot advantage on the game.

The first two periods were scoreless for both teams. The purple and white had two power plays in the second period, but were unable to convert. With six minutes remaining in the second, Miriam Eickhoff ’19 took a shot from the point, but Hamilton’s goalie made a nice save, smothering the puck.

Hamilton scored the game winner with 7:13 left in the game as the Continentals deflected a shot from the point.

With 52 seconds remaining, Caitlyn Ryan ’17 fired a snapshot on goal but the Continental goalie pulled off a kick save to cement their 1-0 victory.

“It was frustrating this weekend because the outcomes didn’t reflect our performance,” McNamara said. “We controlled the play overall but we need to make sure we push through all 60 minutes. We had a lot of grade-A scoring but couldn’t capitalize when we needed to most.”

The purple and white will play their final regular season weekend Feb. 18-19, away at Wesleyan on Saturday and home against the Cardinals on Sunday. Puck drop is at 3 p.m. for both games.