#5 Women's Hockey Snaps St. Anselm Win Streak with 5-1 Win

Megan Curry scored her first two goals of the season,
each coming on unassisted efforts in the third.

AMHERST, MA – The 5th-ranked Amherst College women’s hockey team played host to the Hawks of Saint Anselm College this evening in non-conference action at Orr Rink. The two-time defending national champion Lord Jeffs were dominant en route to a 5-1 win, snapping the Hawks eight-game win streak.

The result improves the Lord Jeffs to 8-4-2 overall, while dropping the Hawks to 12-4-0 on the year. Amherst has won five of its last six games with tonight’s victory.

Just after the midpoint of the opening period, Amherst senior defensemen Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) scored on a slap shot from the left point through traffic. Assists on the game’s first score went to rookie Avery Stone  (Providence, RI) and classmate CC Wyshnytzky (Hawthorn Woods, IL).

Amherst dominated the opening period from start to finish, out-shooting the Hawks by a 15-1 margin, including an 8-0 edge in shots on frame. Saint Anselm goaltender Amy Zappen made seven saves in the frame, while her defense blocked another trio of shots to help keep the game close.

Just 5:31 into the second, Amherst junior forward Josie Fisher (Norwich, VT) found herself alone on the crease to clean up the rebound of another Zukas slap shot with a backhanded finish.

Amherst’s two goal lead did not last long, as the Hawks scored against the run of play just after the middle of the second period. Aly Zappen beat Amherst goaltender Sinead Murphy (Rochester, MN) on a breakaway, lifting a backhand top shelf. Assists on the Saint Anselm goal came from Sarah Ellins and Rosemarie Giarrusso at the 10:49 mark.

Amherst stretched its lead back to 3-1 with 15:35 to play in the third. Wyshnytzky found an opening inside the circles off helpers from Brittany Evans (Edina, MN) and Geneva Lloyd (Calgary, Alberta) and scooted a shot under Zappen’s pads.

With 8:13 remaining in the third, senior tri-captain Megan Curry (Shorewood, MN) scored an unassisted shorthanded goal on a breakaway to put the Jeffs up 4-1. Less than four minutes later, Curry struck again. For the second time in the period, Curry stole the puck near the red line and skated in to bury a finish on a breakaway for an unassisted goal.

Murphy finished the day with just 11 saves for the win, improving her record to 2-1-1 on the year. Zappen (8-3-0) made 37 saves in the loss, just her third of the season. Amherst successfully killed off another four penalties in the win, stretching their current streak of not allowing a power play goal to 31. The last time an opponent scored a power play goal was all the way back in the first period of a December 3, 2010 game against Trinity College.  

The Jeffs will hit the road this weekend, playing a two-game set on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Hamilton College in NESCAC action.