#1 Jeffs Fall to #3 RIT 2-0 in First Matchup

Caroline Hu made 31 saves as Amherst fell to No. 3 R.I.T.

From an R.I.T. release

ROCHESTER, NY -The top-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team opened up a two-game, two-day series with #3 Rochester Institute of Technology this evening, losing 2-0 for the Lord Jeffs' first defeat of the season. The two national powerhouses will meet again tomorrow at 1 p.m. to close out the series.

RIT rookie goaltender Laura Chamberlain was nothing short of spectacular for the Tigers, stopping all 40 shots she faced for the shutout win. RIT who improved to 9-0-0 on the year now leads the all-time against the Lord Jeffs 8-2-1. Chamberlain stopped 17 shots in the first period, 11 in the second, and 12 in the third frame. Her best save came with 12:01 left in regulation, as she stuck her left arm out to rob Amherst’s Braidie Campbell (Surrey, BD) at the top of the crease after a rebound.

Erin Zach and Katie Stack scored second period goals for RIT.  Kourtney Kunichika
tallied two assists.  Ariane Yokoyama and Melissa Bromley also had assists for RIT. Both teams were 0-for-5 with the man-advantage. Amherst out-shot RIT 40-33.  Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) made 31 saves and was sharp in goal for the Lord Jeffs.

Zach gave RIT the 1-0 lead 2:03 into the second period, as she converted on a nifty, three-way passing play for her seventh goal of the season. Yokoyama fed Kunichika behind the Amherst net, who quickly fed Zach all alone in front. Hu got a piece of the shot, but it trickled off the left post and just over the goal line.

Stack pushed the RIT lead to two goals at the 12:58 mark on a delayed penalty.  Kunichika fed Bromley at the right point. Bromley’s shot was stopped by Hu, but the rebound bounced to the right of the crease, where Stack was there to pounce on the loose puck and lift it in for her seventh goal of the year.

The Tigers bombarded the Amherst net with 19 shots in the second. Both goalies stole the show in the first period, as Amherst held a 17-7 edge in shots, primarily due to a strong power-play. Chamberlain was tremendous, stopping nine shots during an Amherst power-play late in the period. Her best save came on Megan Curry (Shorewood, MN) with 5:45 left. Curry was all alone in front, and Chamberlain made a big arm save to keep the game scoreless. Thirty seconds earlier, she robbed Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, MA) from in tight.

Hu was also sharp, sliding across to deny Kim Schlattman on a perfectly-executed 2-on-1 break midway through the period. Hu then turned away Stack from point blank range, after Hiller sent a pass from behind the net.

Amherst (2-1-0, 2-0-0 NESCAC), the two-time defending national champions, turned up the fore-check in the final period, hemming the Tigers in their zone for extended sequences, but the defense and Chamberlain held firm in recording the shutout, RIT’s fifth of the 2010-11 season.