Amherst, Mass. – Five different Mammoths found the back of the net across all three periods as the Amherst College women's hockey team shut out Trinity College, 5-0 Friday evening at Orr Rink to earn its first conference victory of the season. With the win, Amherst improves to 2-1-1 on the year and to 1-1-1 in league play, while Trinity drops to 1-3-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the NESCAC. The two sides return to the ice tomorrow at 3 p.m. for the series finale.
Fast out of the gate, the Mammoths needed just 1:23 to tally what stood as the game-winner, with Laura Schmidlein potting her first goal of the winter with assists from Emma Flynn and Kenzie MacDonald.
Earning a scoring chance for Trinity midway through the opening stanza, junior Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) nearly deadlocked the contest as the visitors raced into the offensive end on a 3-on-2, but her blast from the high slot was met with a shoulder save by Amherst goalie Caitlin Walker.
With time winding down, the Bantams once again had a solid chance to even the contest at one all as junior Lauren Mac Master (St. Albert, Alberta) edged out a defender to earn a breakaway down the right side, however Walker stonewalled Mac Master as she deked to her backhand.
Doubling their advantage at the 6:32 mark in the second period, Katelyn Pantera registered a score as she picked up the puck behind the net and sent a wrap around attempt over the goal line.
Extending the Mammoths' edge to 3-0 with 8:49 on the clock, Sarah Wagner notched an unassisted marker after poking a 50-50 puck past a Trinity defender to earn a clear path to net. Powering a perfectly placed wrist shot from the left dot on frame, Wagner snuck the puck into the low right-hand side of the goal. Kaitlin Hoang made it 4-0 with assists from Flynn and Anne Malloy.
The Bantams' best chance of the third period came with 15 minutes remaining in regulation as rookie Ellie Fellows (Westport, Mass.) put back-to-back shots on target from point-blank range on the left post, however Walker stood strong in between the pipes to rack up two stops and hang on to the shut out. Katie Savage netted Amherst's final insurance tally as Flynn forced a turnover in the right corner and dished a cross ice pass to Savage for the score.