Jeffs Use Third-Period Flurry to Skate Past Bowdoin, 4-0

Sophomore Krystyn Elek made 25 saves and recorded her fourth shutout of the season. 

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s ice hockey team increased its winning streak to seven games with a 4-0 win over visiting Bowdoin College. The Lord Jeffs (12-3-2/8-0-2 NESCAC) held just a 1-0 lead after two periods but were able to tack on three goals in the final frame to earn the conference victory over the Polar Bears (4-7-3/1-5-3 NESCAC).

Amherst was in control from the opening drop and had several strong looks at the goal early on, but Bowdoin junior goaltender Emileigh Mercer came through with some impressive stops to prevent the Lord Jeffs from taking an early lead.

The Polar Bears gained momentum when Amherst was whistled for a pair of penalties within three minutes of each other, but Amherst quickly turned the tables and was soon working with a 5-on-3 advantage. The Jeffs capitalized on their prime situation and found junior Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) waiting by the net, where she received a pass from the left side and sent a one-timer by Mercer for her team-best 14th goal of the season. That would be the lone score of the period, as Amherst headed into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.

A scoreless second period concluded with one minute and four seconds remaining on an Amherst power play, as the Jeffs began the third frame with a 5-on-4 advantage. Bowdoin was able to kill the remainder of the penalty, but it took Amherst less than four minutes to increase its lead to two goals. After the puck was knocked around near Mercer’s crease with nobody able to gain possession, sophomore Michelle McGann (New Berlin, WI) was finally able to poke a shot past the Bears’ net-minder.

McGann picked up an assist less than three minutes later when she and junior co-captain Julie Radziewicz (Orlando, FL) set up first-year CC Wyshnytzky (Hawthorn Woods, IL) for the Jeffs’ third goal. Wyshnytzky corralled a pass out of mid-air and pushed the puck past Mercer, much to the appeal of the Amherst fans.

Amherst continued its third-period dominance four-and-a-half minutes later when first-year Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) and junior Lindsay Harrington (Westford, MA) found themselves on a 2-on-0 breakaway. After some crisp passes between the two, Hanlon finally sent a one-timer to the back of the net for a short-handed goal as Mercer was left with little chance of stopping the attack. A low-scoring battle between two great teams quickly turned into an Amherst blowout, as the Jeffs carried their 4-0 lead to the final whistle.

Sophomore Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) recorded 25 saves in the shutout to improve to 7-3-1 on the year, while Mercer stopped 37 shots for Bowdoin. The Lord Jeffs, who have out-scored their opponents 35-4 during their current winning streak, resume their five-game home stand with a 4 p.m. match-up with Hamilton College Friday, Feb. 1.