Jeffs End in 1-1 Draw at Trinity

Junior Tarasai Karega gave the Jeffs a 1-0 advantage in the third period, but Amherst could not hold its lead.

HARTFORD, CT – The Amherst College women’s hockey team ended in a 1-1 draw in a NESCAC game with Trinity College, as both teams scored in the third period but failed to find the game winner in overtime. The Lord Jeffs (2-0-1/2-0-1 NESCAC) and Bantams (3-0-1/2-0-1 NESCAC) will face off Sunday at 3 p.m. in Amherst to wrap up the regular-season series.

After two scoreless periods, each team took advantage of a power play opportunity. Amherst struck first when junior Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) hit the back of the net with assists from junior Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) and sophomore Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO). The goal gave the Jeffs a 1-0 lead with just under 13 minutes remaining in regulation, but Laura Komarek found the equalizer with only 3:48 showing on the clock to mark her first collegiate goal.

Neither team was able to score in the five-minute overtime session, but Trinity had a small window of opportunity open when the Jeffs were called for a hooking penalty with 14 seconds to play. With so little time remaining, the Bantams were unable to capitalize on the power play, as the teams finished in a 1-1 stalemate.

Looking impressive in the first game of her collegiate career, first-year Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) stopped 14 shots for Amherst and nearly earned the shutout. Isabel Iwachiw made 23 saves for the Bantams, including two in overtime.

With the tie, the Jeffs and Bantams remain atop the conference standings at 2-0-1.