Women's hockey finishes weekend with 3-1 win over Amherst

Mya Berretta '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Mya Berretta '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Mya Berretta '22 boasted a goal and an assist and the Continentals notched a 3-1 NESCAC win against the Amherst College Mammoths at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Saturday afternoon.

The Continentals (13-7-2, 7-5-2 NESCAC) are in fourth place in the conference standings with two regular season games remaining. Hamilton is at Connecticut College (10-8-3, 6-5-3) for more NESCAC action on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

Gab Venne '22 made 28 saves, including 13 in the third period, for the Continentals. Venne improved her record to 5-2-1 and is fifth in the conference with a 1.36 goals against average and .943 save percentage. Jess Haviland '21 picked up two assists and has six this season. Hamilton held a 30-29 edge in shots and scored on half of its four power-play opportunities.

Three of the four goals were scored in the first period. Kate Piacenza '21 gave the Continentals a 1-0 advantage with her ninth goal at 9:05. Jenna Jewell '19 won a faceoff in Hamilton's offensive zone and knocked the puck back to Piacenza just above the right circle. Piacenza's wrist shot found its way through a screen in front of Amherst goaltender Caitlin Walker (27 saves) and into the back of the net.

The Mammoths (10-10-2, 6-6-2) tied the score with 5:29 left in the period on a power-play goal. Miriam Eickhoff intercepted a clear attempt along the right-side boards and passed to Emma Flynn at the point. Flynn put a wrist shot from above the left faceoff circle on net that Venne kicked away but the rebound went right to Katie Savage at the right post and she buried it for her sixth goal.

It took the Continentals less than two minutes to take the lead for good after an Amherst player was sent to the penalty box for hooking with 4:09 remaining in the first. Berretta's pass from the right faceoff circle found Lexi Takashima '22 and her one-timer beat Walker inside the right post with 3:33 to go. Takashima tallied her second goal and Berretta collected her fourth assist.

Hamilton recorded an insurance goal on another power play at 7:43 in the second period. Kelli Mackey '20 took a shot from the point that Haviland redirected into Walker near the right post. The puck bounced around near the crease and Haviland took a couple of whacks at it before Berretta lunged at it. The puck slipped past Walker and trickled over the goal line for Berretta's seventh goal. Mackey picked up her eighth assist.

The Mammoths made one final push in the final minutes of the third period. One of the Continentals was sent to the box for tripping with 3:09 left and then Amherst pulled Walker for another skater about 45 seconds later, which created a 6-on-4 advantage for the next 1:15. Venne had to make four saves in the final 2:11 as Walker stayed on the bench for the last 2:24. The Mammoths outshot Hamilton 13-3 in the third period.