Jeffs Remain Unbeaten with 3-2 Win Over Trinity
Randi Zukas scored the game winner to keep
Amherst unbeaten at 4-0-1.
AMHERST, MA – The top-ranked Amherst College women’s hockey team played against NESCAC rival Trinity College for the second time in as many days with an afternoon game at Orr Rink today. After playing to a scoreless overtime tie on Friday night, the Lord Jeffs and Bantams combined for five goals this afternoon with Amherst pulling out a 3-2 win.
Amherst opened the scoring less than seven minutes into the first period, as senior Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO) deflected in a Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) shot from the point. Less than one minute later, Amherst took a 2-0 lead as senior tri-captain Kirsten Dier (Appleton, WI) redirected a Josie Fisher (Norwich, VT) pass high over Trinity goaltender Isabel Iwachiw’s head.
Early in the second period, a bouncing puck popped over Amherst defender Stephanie Clegg’s (Woburn, MA) stick to spring the Bantams for a 2-on-1. On the break, Jill Roloff found Celia Colman-McGaw in alone with Amherst netminder Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA). Colman-Mcgaw beat Hu with some nice stick skills to cut Amherst’s lead in half at 2-1.
Just after the midpoint of the second stanza, Trinity found the net on a power play to equalize the game at 2-2. On the tying goal, Hannah Harvey redirected a slap shot from the left point. Harvey tipped Laura Komerek’s shot high over Hu’s shoulder. The second assist on the tying goal went to Brigitte Cellino.
At the 12:42 mark of the third period, Amherst went back on top 3-2 on a power-play score by Zukas. After holding the puck in the Bantams' zone for nearly a minute, Zukas let a slap shot from the blue line fly that beat Iwachiw.
Just two minutes after the Zukas score, Trinity nearly tied the game once again, but a power-play shot that popped over Hu’s head nicked the crossbar and landed on top of the Amherst net. The opportunity proved to be the final close call of the game, as the Lord Jeffs closed out the win on the power play.
Hu made seven saves for the win, while Iwachiw turned away 33 shots in net for the Bantams. Amherst now sits at 4-0-1 (3-0-1 NESCAC), while Trinity drops to 3-1-2 (1-1-2) after its first loss of the season. Amherst also stretched its regular-season NESCAC unbeaten streak to 46 games (38-0-8), dating back to December of 2006.