NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team was overmatched by Amherst College in a 3-1 loss on Tuesday night at Kreitzberg Arena in non-conference action.
Amherst (9-5-2) came out firing on all cylinders in the first period, outshooting Norwich (14-4-1) by a 13-6 margin and taking a 1-0 lead at the 16:41 mark of the period.
Emma Flynn scored her fifth goal of the season after redirecting a shot from the point by Kenzie McDonald. Kaitlin Hoang also picked up an assist on the goal to give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead. Hoang created the scoring chance with a hard fore check, stripping the puck off a NU defender's stick deep inside the Cadets' zone.
Amherst extended the lead to 2-0 just 1:50 into the second period with Hoang scoring on a one-timer from a pass from behind the net by Flynn. Jocelyn Hunyadi picked up the second assist after winning a battle along the boards to poke the puck over to Hoang.
The Mammoths put the game away at the 16:45 mark of the third period with Sarah Wagner slapping a loose puck sitting in the crease over the goal line after Miriam Eickhoff hit the post with a shot from the left faceoff circle.
Norwich finally got on the board late to avoid the shutout as Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) scored her team and nation-leading 22th goal of the season at the 17:56 mark, but it was too little too late for the Cadets.
Sophomore Emily Lambert (Riverview, Mich.) made 23 saves for Norwich to fall to 8-3-1 on the season.
Amherst's Caitlin Walker stopped 34 shots to improve to 6-3-2 on the year.
Norwich will look to right the ship on Friday when it travels to Castleton University for a 7 p.m. puck drop in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action. The Cadets will then travel to Southern Maine on Saturday for a 1 p.m. faceoff.