Women’s Hockey: Amherst overpowers Norwich, 3-1

Sophie McGovern women's hockey action vs. Amherst

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. 

Conway stuffed home a crossing pass from Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) on the left wing after she took an outlet pass from Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.).

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.