6th-Ranked Lord Jeffs Settle for 2-2 Overtime Tie with Hamilton

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Molly Malloy scored the equalizer with
2:10 to play in the third period.

AMHERST, MA – The sixth-ranked Amherst College women’s hockey team looked to extend its winning streak to eight games this evening when NESCAC rival Hamilton College came to town. Amherst battled back from a goal behind twice to preserve a 2-2 overtime tie, and remain unbeaten in eight straight.

With just over sixteen minutes to play in the first period, Hamilton was whistled for a tripping penalty. Amherst put together a nice power-play set, and had a number of scoring chances, including a shot off the crossbar by sophomore Michelle McGann (New Berlin, WI). The Lord Jeffs came up empty on the man-advantage, but looked as though it was only a matter of time before their first goal would come.

To the Continentals credit, they held the game scoreless against the defending conference champions deep into the first period, and then drew a power play of their own with 7:05 remaining. Hamilton didn’t have their first shot on goal until fifteen minutes into the game, but it beat Amherst goaltender Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC). The nice wrist shot beat Elek top-shelve, but ricocheted harmlessly off the crossbar.

Hamilton was given another power play with 3:18 showing in the first, and could provide itself with a huge swing in momentum with a goal. The Amherst penalty kill unit provided the best chances during the two minutes, with shots on the doorstep from points-leader Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) and junior captain Julie Radziewicz (Orlando, FL).

Amherst controlled most of the possession in the opening frame, and held a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Early in the second period Amherst had a 5-on-3 power play, and was unable to come up with the first score of the night. Midway through the period, Hamilton grabbed the opening goal during a 4-on-4 situation. Hamilton’s goal came on a slap shot from Kate Marek in the slot.

Amherst found the equalizer with 2:58 remaining in the second period. McGann turned her defender around behind the Hamilton goal and backhanded a shot off Continental goaltender Meg Shine’s skate and into the goal.

The second period came to a close with the two sides deadlocked at 1-1. Amherst controlled a majority of the early pressure on net in the third period, but Hamilton took the lead once again on a goal against the run of play. The goal was scored this time by Kathryn Kroleski. The junior forward poked home a rebound that sat just inches off the goal line after Elek made the initial save.

Despite holding a 40-11 advantage in shots on goal, with 8:32 remaining regulation, the Lord Jeffs found themselves in a 2-1 hole. Amherst continued to turn up the pressure on the Hamilton defense, and look for the equalizer once again.

Amherst found its hero in sophomore Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT). With 2:10 to play in regulation, Malloy hit blistering slap shot from the right point that stung the left upper corner. Radziewicz and Julia Koch (Rochester Hills, MI) grabbed the helpers on the game-tying score.

The final two minutes ticked off, and the fans would be treated to five minutes bonus hockey. The Lord Jeffs held the puck inside the Hamilton zone for long periods of time during the extra frame, but as time disappeared on overtime, Amherst was left to settle for a tie.

When the final whistle blew, Elek ended the night with 11 saves, while Shine made an eye-popping 46 stops for Hamilton.

The Lord Jeffs move to 12-3-3 overall on the season, and remain unbeaten in conference play at 8-0-3. Hamilton sits at 3-10-3 (1-5-3) after what could be the best result of their season thus far. The Lord Jeffs will face Bowdoin at home tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.

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