Salmon Leads Jeffs to 3-0 Win Over Hamilton
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. - Tori Salmon ’15 scored two goals and recorded an assist to lead the Amherst women’s ice hockey team to a 2-0 win Saturday night in its home opener at Orr Rink.
The Jeffs (2-0-0, 2-0-0 NESCAC) capped off the weekend sweep of its conference foe, dropping the Continentals to 0-2-0 overall and 0-2-0 in the league.
After returning to the ice following a penalty in the first period, forward Emily Flom ’15 stole the puck from a Hamilton player at mid-ice to start a breakaway. Heading towards the net, the junior looked poised to give the Jeffs their first score of the game but her attempt from the left side of the net was saved by Hamilton goalkeeper Tori Bogen ’14.
In the closing seconds of the first period, Amherst went on the offensive, putting heavy pressure on Bogen and the Continentals’ defense. Erin Martin ’16, positioned in the kill zone, had a scoring chance denied but the rebound went to Tori Salmon ’15 who finished off the threat to give Amherst a 1-0 lead with 15 seconds remaining in the period.
Hamilton put together their first strong scoring chance of the game in the opening minutes of the second stanza but Megan Fitzgerald ’16 had her shot saved by Amherst goalkeeper Kerri Stuart ’14.
The Jeffs came right back and narrowly missed twice on what could have been their second goal. Emily Flom ’15 skated down the right side, speeding past Hamilton defenders, but her shot was saved. Seconds later, Hayley Opperman’14 missed by inches on a scoring chance that hit the post.
With a power play intact, Hannah Bartlett ’16 came inches away from tying the game with just over 12 minutes remaining when her shot from the kill zone trickled the goal line but Stuart reached her hand back to grab the puck and protect the lead. Shortly after, Stephanie Lang ’14 and Megan Ahern ’17 provided great scoring opportunities but Stuart came up big once again, recording two consecutive saves.
Amherst retaliated right away as Salmon skated down the middle of the rink, making her way towards the left side, and finding an open Martin in front of the goal as the sophomore capped off a terrific play with an insurance tally.
Salmon wasn’t done yet and with 13 seconds remaining in the game, the junior forward came down the left side and sent one to the opposite top right corner with terrific touch as the Jeffs claimed a 3-0 win.
Amherst held a decisive 28 to 10 advantage in shots. Stuart made 10 saves in net for the shutout and Bogen recorded 25 stops between the posts for Hamilton.
The Jeffs are back on the ice Friday, Nov. 22 for a road game against NESCAC foe Wesleyan. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.