AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College women's hockey team used three second period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit as the Jeffs skated to a 4-3 victory over Bowdoin College on Saturday evening at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 16-3-4 overall, 10-2-3 in NESCAC action, while Bowdoin moves to 9-9-5, 5-7-3 in conference play.
Bowdoin struck for the game's first goal just 16 seconds into the first period as Schuyler Nardelli scored on assists from Colleen Finnerty and Ariana Bourque to give the Polar Bears an early 1-0 edge. With less than two minutes to play in the first stanza, Amherst, which held a slight 10-9 advantage in shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, had its best opportunity to score the equalizer when Alex Toupal burst down the left wing and pushed a pass across the center of the ice to Eileen Harris just in front of the Bowdoin net. Harris's attempt went just wide of target and kept the score at 1-0 in favor of Bowdoin.
Less than five minutes into the second period, Miranda Bell put the Polar Bears ahead, 2-0 after receiving helpers from Chelsea MacNeil and Rachel Kennedy. At the 6:15 mark, Amherst answered when Harris broke into open ice down the right wing and beat the Bowdoin goalie, Lan Crofton, high on her glove side, to pull Amherst to within one. At the 15:37 mark, the Jeffs tied the game when Erin Martin scored on the rebound of Anne Gillard's initial shot. Three minutes later, Caitlyn Ryan fired a shot from the right point that found the back of the net to give the Jeffs a 3-2 lead.
With the Jeffs owning a slim 9-7 lead in shots in the third frame, with 5:35 to play in the stanza, Toupal scored her eighth goal of the year following a clean pass from assistant Tori Salmon to set the score at 4-2. At the 18:42 mark, Bell notched her second goal of the game - this one with an extra attacker - to pull the Polar Bears to within one but it was not enough as the Jeffs held on for the win. MacNeil and Kennedy recorded the assists on the goal.
Crofton finished with 29 saves, while Yuna Evans '17 turned away 27 shots for Amherst. The Jeffs edged the Polar Bears in shots on goal, 33-30.
The Jeffs and Polar Bears will resume action on Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m. at Orr Rink.