Amherst Falls to No. 2 Plattsburgh, 3-1, in USCHO Game of the Week

Kate Dennett
Junior Kate Dennett scored Amherst's lone goal.
AMHERST, MA – The 5th-ranked Amherst College women’s hockey team dropped a non-conference bout this evening to 2nd-ranked Plattsburgh State at Orr Rink in Amherst, Mass. The Lord Jeffs dropped to 8-3-0 on the year, while the Cardinals climbed to 9-2-1.

The two teams entered tonight’s game with added intensity, as the USCHO tabbed the bout it’s Game of the Week. The Lord Jeffs responded to the call, and came out early with a pair of shots in the first minute. The Cardinals did not register a shot in the first period until the 10:02 mark on the power play. During the extra-man session, Plattsburgh sent five shots on Amherst goaltender Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC), none of which would open the game’s scoring.

With just over five minutes remaining in the first period, Amherst senior tri-captain Julie Radziewicz (Orlando, FL) made an impressive defensive play to take the puck off a Plattsburgh forward’s stick, preventing a breakaway.

Late in the first stanza, Plattsburgh went on a two-man advantage to end the frame. The Cardinals did not score until 23 seconds into the second period, still on the 5-on-3 advantage. Kate Fairfield scored the opener, her sixth goal of the season, with assists going to Laurie Bowler and Claire O’Connor.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, on Fairfield’s second goal of the night. Assists on her second tally went to Danielle Blanchard and Ainsley Brien. The Lord Jeffs would not fold after the score, and cut into the margin with a power play goal just minutes later. Junior forward Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO) scored off a scrum in front of the Plattsburgh net, with helpers going to Stephanie Clegg (Woburn, MA) and Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA).

Neither team scored early in the third period, as Amherst pushed forward for an equalizer. With 2:32 remaining in the third, head coach Jim Plumer called a timeout to try and draw up a play that could tie the game. With 1:14 showing on the clock, Elek left the Amherst net for the bench, bringing on an extra skater. While the Jeffs had a handful of close calls with a sixth skater, Plattsburgh’s Megan Dijulio slotted home an empty net goal from the far blue line with just six seconds to play.

Elek made 24 saves between the pipes for the Lord Jeffs, while surrendering a pair of scores. Danielle Beattie was solid for the Cardinals, turning away 28 Amherst shots for the win. The Jeffs will break until next weekend when they will travel to Bowdoin and Colby to put their undefeated NESCAC record (8-0-0) on the line.

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