AMHERST, Mass. -- Tori Salmon scored two goals on Wednesday night to lead No. 9 Amherst to a decisive 4-0 win against ECAC East opponent Nichols College at Orr Rink.
Salmon has now scored seven goals in four consecutive games as the Jeffs improved to 9-3-3 overall on the season. Nichols fell to 3-13-1.
It didn’t take long for Amherst to get on the board. Following a faceoff on the front left side of Nichol’s end, Erin Martin found her favorite target, Salmon, as she scored off a one-timer for her team-high 11th goal of the season. Martin’s assist also marked a team-high with her 10th of the year as the Jeffs took an early 1-0 advantage in just two minutes and two seconds.
The second period was all Amherst as Barrett McBride notched the Jeffs second goal of the game within 55 seconds. Emily Flom found McBride as she connected on a one-timer to the opposite corner of the net. Eileen Harris was also credited with an assist on the score.
Eight minutes later, Salmon added her second goal of the day and her 12th of the year when she received a pass from Anne Gillard. First-year defender Camille Herzog also earned an assist.
In the waning minutes of the second frame, Harris registered her second point of the day when a Smith one-timer from inside the center blue line was redirected by Harris into the back of the net as the Jeffs held a commanding 4-0 lead entering the third period.
Early in the final frame, Megan Gerein narrowly missed an opportunity to give Nichols its first score of the game. With a loose puck in front of the net, Gerein attempted to punch it in but Amherst goalie Yuna Evans ’17 made the stop to protect the shutout. The Jeffs controlled the puck the rest of the way as they cruised to the win.
Amherst outshot Nichols 33 to 17 while Evans recorded her third shutout in as many starts with 17 saves. Francesca Palazzo made 29 saves between the posts for Nichols. Neither team was able to capitalize on power plays as Amherst went 0-for-2 and NIchols finished 0-for-4