NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior goalie Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) turned away at least 10 shots in every period to help lead the #10 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a 2-0 triumph over Amherst College on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena. With the victory, the Camels swept their weekend series with the Mammoths for the second straight year.
Despite being outshot by a 34-21 margin, the Camels got the offense they would need by scoring once in the first and second frames. Junior Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) put the Camels on the board at the 11:02 mark of the first by finishing a pass from sophomore Kyla Floresca (West Memphis, Ark.) with a backhanded shot on a power play. Junior Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) then added insurance in the opening minutes of the second when she potted a rebound off an initial shot taken by Sammi Estes.
Amherst (0-2, NESCAC 0-2) had several opportunities to answer and had a 12-5 advantage in total shots on target in each of the last two periods. The Camels, however, held off a relentless attack by the Mammoths to earn the shutout victory. Mertz most notably came through with a huge save on a breakaway midway through the third period, and junior defender Olivia Good (Woodbury,Conn.) blocked three shots down the stretch, including a Brenna Sullivan attempt in a one-on-one situation, to keep the visitors off the board.
Mertz finished the game with 34 saves to pick up her first shutout win of the season and second victory overall for Connecticut College, while Amherst's Bailey Plaman suffered the setback after making 19 saves.
Connecticut College (2-0, NESCAC 2-0) will look to remain unbeaten when it visits Salve Regina on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m.