Hartford, Conn. – Two third period goals made the difference as No. 9-ranked Amherst College knocked off the Trinity College women's hockey team, 2-0, on Tuesday evening at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. The loss drops the Bantams to 6-12-2 overall while Amherst improves to 11-5-4 on the year. The win also puts the Purple & White at 2-0-1 on the year versus Trinity, despite tonight's game not counting towards either team's conference record.
Both teams combined for 14 shots in a first period that went 20 minutes with just four whistles, all offsides calls. Trinity junior Melissa Maffeo (Melrose, Mass.) had Trinity's first good look at goal of the evening, nearly two minutes in, but Amherst goaltender Samantha Dobbins (New Castle, N.H.) was there to save the point blank shot. Trinity junior goalie Jess Thulin (North Reading, Mass.) got involved for the first time a minute later when Anne Malloy (Canton, Mass.) picked off the puck near center ice before firing a low wrist shot that Thulin kicked into the corner off her right leg pad. Trinity rookie Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) nearly gave the Bantams a 1-0 lead off an Amherst turnover in its own zone, but her shot missed just wide right. A Lauren MacMaster (St. Albert, Alberta) wrist shot from right in front of the net with two minutes left in the period looked primed for goal, but sailed high into the glass behind the net to no avail, as the teams entered the first intermission locked in a scoreless tie.
Amherst went on the power play early in the second frame after the Bantams were whistled for a tripping penalty but Trinity's penalty kill held its own to keep the Purple & White off the scoreboard despite the skater advantage. Trinity had its chance on the power play late into the period thanks to an Amherst holding penalty but could not find the go-ahead score despite a pair of shots on net. Amherst junior Alex Toupal (New Brighton, Minn.) nearly scored a shorthanded goal towards the end of the penalty after nifty stick work in Trinity's defensive zone, but her backhanded shot missed high.
Amherst senior Caitlyn Ryan (Burlington, Mass.) nearly ended the scoreless contest at the 14-minute mark in the final period as she fired a shot from just inside the blue-line but her shot ricocheted off the crossbar before bouncing into the corner. With 10:38 to go, the Bantams had one of their best scoring chances of the evening when junior Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) pushed a pass up ice to a wide open Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.), but Finn's offer was stoned by Dobbins to keep the game scoreless. Just over a minute later, Amherst sophomore Katelyn Pantera (North Branford, Conn.) stuffed a loose puck into the back of the net, past Thulin, to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Amherst opened up a 2-0 lead with 4:47 left to play when Brenna Sullivan (Lockport, Ill.) cleaned up a rebound, off a shot by Jamie McNamara (Dedham, Mass.), and potted her third goal of the season. An Amherst interference penalty with just over two minutes left to play handed the Bantams a skater advantage but the Purple & White penalty kill unit came through once again to keep Trinity off the board and preserve the shutout.
Trinity returns to action this weekend for a home-away doubleheader against crosstown New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival, Wesleyan. The first game in the series comes Saturday evening in Middletown.