Jeffs Fall to No. 4 Middlebury, 5-2

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Despite a pair of power play goals from Emily Flom ’15 and Megan Doyen ’13, the Amherst women’s hockey team saw its five-game unbeaten streak come to an end with a 5-2 loss to Middlebury at Kenyon Arena.

Falling to 7-5-1 (5-2-1 NESCAC), the Jeffs have now lost three-straight to the Panthers and are 4-6-1 in the last 10 meetings. Middlebury, which extended its unbeaten streak to eight, improved to 9-1-2 (6-0-2 NESCAC) on the year.

Looking to take advantage of an early power play opportunity, the Panthers threw the puck to the front of the net after passing it around the point. Corralling the rebound on the left post, Lauren Greer ’13 tipped in her fourth goal of the year at 8:17 of the first period.

Hoping to generate a scoring opportunity of its own, Amherst pushed into the Panther zone with seven minutes to go, but sophomore goaltender Annabelle Jones denied a Erin Martin ’15 wraparound attempt and a Hayley Opperman ’14 shot from the slot to preserve the Middlebury lead.

With less than five minutes left in the first, Sara Ugalde ’14 got the puck to the front of the net in search of another home tally. After a scramble, Greer once again found herself in the right place at the right time, tapping in her second of the day to extend the Panther cushion. On the power play moments later, Katie Sullivan ’15 redirected a Madison Styrbicki ’13 shot from the point past Kasia Henley ’16 to make it 3-0.

With 11:14 to go in the second period, Styrbicki took a shot from the left circle through a screen in front, pushing the Middlebury margin to 4-0 on her first goal of the season. In the waning moments of the frame, Eileen Harris looked to finally put the Jeffs on the board after getting her stick on a rebound, but Jones made a sprawling save to deny the first-year forward from point-blank range.

Tacking on a goal on a two-man advantage in the third period, Middlebury finished 3-for-5 on the power play. Amherst, which scored on a pair of power plays late in the final frame, went 2-for-4. Jones made 26 saves en route to her third win, while Henley took the loss, making seven stops. Kerri Stuart '13, who entered the game in the second period, finished with 23 saves. The Panthers finished with a 35-28 shot-on-goal advantage including a decisive 17-7 edge in the third period.

Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at No. 6 Norwich.

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