Women's ice hockey falls to top-ranked Amherst

Nationally ranked No. 1 Amherst College shut out Hamilton College, 5-0, in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game played at Amherst’s Orr Rink on Jan. 22.
Becca Hazlett ‘13 made 44 saves for the Continentals (5-7-2 overall, 2-5-2 NESCAC). Late in the first period, Hamilton went on the power play and nearly scored the first goal of the game. Katie Zimmerman ‘13 beat an Amherst defender down the right wing, but fired a shot that cruised through the crease and wide of the post. In the second minute of the penalty, a Hamilton player was sent to the box to set up a 4-on-4 situation.

Amherst (11-1-3, 7-0-2) broke the scoreless tie with 1 minute, 31 seconds remaining in the first period. After winning the faceoff, the Lord Jeffs passed the puck over to the left point, and lifted a hard wrist shot past Hazlett and off the underside of the crossbar.

One minute, 30 seconds into the second period, Amherst took a 2-0 lead on a hard slap shot from the point. Amherst added another goal with 3:40 left in the second period to go up 3-0. Just 1:10 later, Amherst scored again off a rebound of a shot fired from the point. With just under five minutes remaining in the third period, the Lord Jeffs scored once more to account for the final margin.
Hamilton was 0-for-3 with the extra skater, while Amherst was 0-for-7. The Lord Jeffs enjoyed a 49-21 advantage in shots on goal.

The Continentals will play again at Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 23.
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