Jeffs Battle to 1-1 Tie with Top-Ranked Middlebury
Junior co-captain Julie Radziewicz
netted the game-tying goal late in
the third period.
Courtesy Middlebury College Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, VT – For the second time this season, the Middlebury and Amherst College women’s ice hockey teams played 65 minutes of hockey and were unable to come up with a winner. After a 2-2 tie at Amherst on Nov. 30, the teams ended in a 1-1 deadlock this afternoon in Kenyon Arena. Middlebury maintains a one-point lead over Amherst for the top spot in the NESCAC standings with one weekend remaining in the regular season.
Neither team scored in the first period, with Amherst holding a slim 7-6 shots advantage. The Panthers had the better of the play in the second period, including a power play, but could not score as they held an 8-4 lead in shots.
Middlebury broke onto the board 11:50 into the third period as Karen Levin fed Erika Nakamura in the slot. The junior made a pair of nifty moves before sliding a backhander past sophomore Krysten Elek (Summerille, SC) for the 1-0 lead.
Amherst answered at 14:18 with the game-tying goal after some pressure on the Panther net. Following a pair of saves by Middlebury’s Lani Wright, junior co-captain Julie Radziewicz (Orlando, FL) found herself alone on the doorstep as she buried a shot from just outside the crease to tie the game at 1-1.
Middlebury had a power play opportunity at the 15:24 mark but was unable to score despite three quality shots on goal. Amherst controlled the puck with light pressure in overtime, but neither team could net the game-winner.
Wright ended the afternoon with 17 saves for Middlebury, while Elek made 20 saves for Amherst. The Lord Jeffs close out their regular season next weekend with a pair of games against Connecticut College.