Panthers head into break with non-conference setback
AMHERST, Mass. – Tori Salmon scored three goals, while Emily Flom netted a pair of her own and assisted on two others to help propel the Amherst College women's hockey team to a convincing 7-0 victory over Plymouth State University in Wednesday evening's non-conference game at Orr Rink.
Amherst closes out the 2014 portion of its slate 6-1-1 overall, while Plymouth State moves to 1-9-1 on the season. Both teams will return to action on Saturday, January 3, with Amherst playing at Holy Cross and PSU visiting Wesleyan University.
The first period saw Amherst take early control of the contest, outshooting Plymouth State 23-7 in the frame. Flom netted her first goal at the 8:30 mark on assists from Brenna Sullivan and Erin Martin. Despite the barrage of attempts, Panthers' goalie Mariah Trupp (Topeka, Kansas) was stellar between the posts, turning away 22 shots to keep the score at 1-0 at the first intermission.
Fifteen minutes into the second stanza, Flom found the cage again, and the pair that aided her first marker combined for the assists on the second. At the 16:00 mark, Plymouth State was awarded a power play opportunity, but it was the Jeffs that took advantage of a scoring opportunity as Caitlyn Ryan forced a turnover in Amherst's defensive zone, passed ahead to Alex Toupal, who then found Salmon who struck for the first of her three goals with 3:40 to play in the period to give the Purple & White a 3-0 lead.
The Jeffs wasted little time lighting the lamp in the third period as Martin scored 1:20 into the session on assists from Lynndy Smith and Flom. At the 3:55 mark, Salmon added her second goal of the contest with help from Emma Griese and Smith to set the score at 5-0.
Amherst, which finished 1-for-4 on the man-advantage, then used a power play goal from Ryan delivered rocket into the top left corner after a pair of nicely placed passes from Flom and Madeline Tank to give the Jeffs a six-goal lead. The game's final tally came at the 11:24 mark when Salmon scored her hat trick goal with Toupal and Kristen Molina '18 assisting on the play to set the final score.
The hat trick was Salmon's second in four games as the senior assistant captain also struck for three goals and dished out three assists in Amherst's 9-1 triumph over SUNY Cortland on Nov. 30.
Trupp (0-4-1) finished with an impressive 47 saves in the losing effort, while Amherst goalie Sabrina Dobbins (3-0-1) was on point in the shutout win stopping all 20 shots on target that she faced.
Junior goalie Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) played the final 7:09 for the Panthers and made four saves.
(Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information)
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