Jeffs' Unbeaten Streak Reaches Nine with 7-0 Win Over Wesleyan
The Lord Jeffs racked up seven goals against Wesleyan.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s ice hockey team rebounded from Friday night’s disappointing 2-2 tie by erupting for seven goals against Wesleyan University. The 7-0 win increases the Lord Jeffs’ unbeaten streak to nine games and improves their overall record to 13-3-3 (9-0-3 NESCAC), while the Cardinals snap their two-game winning streak and fall to 5-11 (1-9 NESCAC).
The puck spent most of its time in Wesleyan’s end for the first 10 minutes of the game, but for the second straight night Amherst struggled to find the back of the net. However, the Lord Jeffs’ scoring woes quickly turned into a 2-0 lead when sophomore Kirsten Dier (Appleton, WI) and first-year Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) recorded goals within 82 seconds of each other to give Amherst some breathing room with 6:44 remaining in the opening frame.
Hanlon continued her stellar rookie season by giving Amherst a 3-0 lead just 2:36 into the second period, with fellow first-year Julia Koch (Rochester Hills, MI) picking up the assist. Wesleyan went on the power play five minutes later, but it was Amherst’s Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO) who took off on a breakaway. Dennett, who recorded an assist on the Jeffs’ first goal, stormed in on the Cardinal goaltender and went top shelf on the near post for a short-handed goal to increase her team’s lead to four goals with 12:39 to play in the second period.
Sophomore Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) ended a nine-minute scoring drought by chalking up a pair of goals separated by only 84 seconds, as the Lord Jeffs were able to take a comfortable 6-0 lead into the second intermission. Amherst had defeated Wesleyan earlier in the season by a 6-0 margin.
The final period featured one more Amherst goal from senior Elizabeth Ditmore (Carmel, CA), as the Jeffs finished with a 7-0 victory. Sophomore Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) made 13 saves for Amherst, while junior Rachel Stemerman stopped an impressive 41 shots for Wesleyan.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Sunday, Feb. 10 when they will host Neumann College in their final non-conference game of the regular season.