Fourth-Ranked Lord Jeffs Top Trinity 2-0 on Late Goals

Junior Lindsey Harrington had a
pair of assists in the win.

AMHERST, MA – The fourth-ranked Amherst College women’s ice hockey team faced Trinity College this afternoon at Orr Rink in the Lord Jeffs home-opener. The two sides faced off for the second consecutive day in the home-and-away season series after a 1-1 tie yesterday, with Amherst winning 2-0 this afternoon.

In the first period, Amherst was given the first special teams opportunity when Trinity was caught with too many players on the ice. Just seventeen seconds into the power-play, Amherst sophomore Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO) was whistled for interference, setting up a four-on-four situation.

Amherst finished the period on the power-play and generated a number of solid scoring chances, but could not beat the Bantams goaltender Isadel Iwachiw. At the end of the period the Lord Jeffs held a 13-6 edge in shots on goal, but neither Iwachiw, nor Amherst goaltender Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) would give up a goal.

The second period produced more of the same end-to-end action as the first stanza, with the Lord Jeffs controlling the majority of the possession deep in Trinity territory. With just under seven minutes remaining in the second period, Amherst first-year Britt Evans (Edina, MN) was denied by Iwachiw on the doorstep to preserve the scoreless tie.

At the 4:18 mark of the second frame, Amherst sophomore Kristen Dier (Appleton, WI) let loose on a hard slap shot that was deflected twice before being smothered by the Bantam goaltender.

Late in the second period, the Lord Jeffs squandered another power-play opportunity with a penalty of their own. Trinity returned the favor less than a minute later with a second penalty, setting up a four-on-three situation for the Lord Jeffs.

Amherst ended the period with a promising possession in the Trinity zone, but time ran out before the Jeffs could find the game’s first goal. Amherst had the shot advantage in the middle frame as well, 15-7.

For the second straight game between the two NESCAC rivals, the score was stuck at zero heading into the third period. The Jeffs came out firing early in the third period, and nearly found the net when junior Tarasai Karega (Detroit, MI) flew down the right wing and sent the puck in front for Dennett, where the Lord Jeff forward fanned on the pass.

In the final five minutes of the third period, Elek made back-to-back game-saving saves on Trinity forwards who were in alone on the Jeff goaltender. With the game looking like it was heading to overtime for the second straight day, the saves were huge for the Lord Jeffs.

With just 1:19 second remaining in regulation, Amherst first-year Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) scored her first collegiate goal for the game-winner on the rebound of a junior Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) shot. Hanlon calmly slotted the follower past Iwachiw from a difficult angle off the right post.

With 38 seconds left, Karega added an empty net score to seal the win. Iwachiw played excellent for the Bantams in net, picking up 41 saves in the loss, while Elek had 21 stops in the shutout win.

Amherst returns to action on Friday evening when the Lord Jeffs host Middlebury College in a re-match of last season’s NESCAC Championship game. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 p.m.