MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Amherst College women's ice hockey team scored a single goal and used a stifling defensive effort to edge Bowdoin, 1-0, in the NESCAC Semifinals on Saturday at Middlebury College.
Amherst (21-4-1) advances to the NESCAC Championship game for the sixth straight year while Bowdoin ends its season with a record of 12-10-4.
Following a scoreless first period, Amherst took a 1-0 lead just 28 seconds into the second. Tori Salmon carried the puck into the zone from the blue line, cutting to the slot and scoring with a backhander for her sixth of the season. The Jeffs nearly struck again at 5:37, but Bowdoin goaltender Kayla Lessard (22 saves) denied shots from Emily Vitale and Courtney Baranek from close range. Bowdooin's Kim Tess-Wanat had a good look at 9:02, but her backhander went just over the crossbar.
Each team had a failed power play in the first half of the third period, with Lessard denying Ellen Swiontkowski on a power play after a great pass from Salmon. Kim Tess-Wanat had an opportunity for Bowdoin at 14:15, but her snap shot from the left wing went just wide.
Bowdoin went on the power play at the 16:35 mark with a chance to tie the game, but could not earn the equalizer. The Polar Bears pulled Lessard late, but were forced to put her back in the net after taking a penalty at the 18:32 mark.
Sinead Murphy finished with 16 saves to earn the win for Amherst, as the Jeffs held a 23-16 shots advantage.