Jeffs Shut Out by Conn. College, 1-0
Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. – Courtney Dumont ’14 scored six minutes into the third period and Kelsie Fralick ’15 made 37 saves in net to lift the visiting Connecticut College women’s hockey team to a narrow 1-0 win over Amherst College Saturday night at Orr Rink.
The Jeffs (7-7-1, 5-3-1 NESCAC) held a sizeable 37-18 shot advantage but Fralick’s work between the pipes proved the difference as Amherst dropped its third straight, breaking a 15-game win streak over the Camels (9-7-1, 5-5-1 NESCAC).
Amherst dominated possession early, creating a strong chance for a lead with 6:30 to go in the first as Barrett McBride ’14 found space for a close-range backhand shot, but Fralick made a strong save to keep it scoreless.
Turning up the pressure to start the second, Geneva Lloyd ’13 nearly put Amherst on top four minutes into the period, but after a nifty bit of stick-work to get free, her backhand from close range clanged off the top pipe. Seconds later, Madeline Tank ’15 nearly snuck one past Fralick, but the Camel goalie moved to her right at the last minute to knock away the attempt. Fralick kept Amherst off the board again at the midway point of the period, gloving a promising shot from the left point by Tori Salmon ’15.
Springing a counterattack, Conn. College threatened late in the second but Kerri Stuart ’14 stopped consecutive shots from Ariel DiPasquale ’13 to preserve the shutout.
Salmon nearly put Amherst ahead early in the third, slicing in from the right for a clean look but Fralick once again stopped the Jeff forward. Quickly countering, Caroline Corbett ’13 came in strong toward the Amherst net and nearly snuck one past Stuart, but her shot slid just wide of the left post.
The missed opportunities finally came back to bite Amherst as the Camels pulled ahead at the 6:11 mark of the third when Dumont flew in from the right and ripped a hard mid-range shot past Stuart with Corbett and Justina Germano ’15 earning assists.
Corbett nearly added a second Camel tally with 6:30 still remaining, getting space from a defender on the right and ripping a strong shot from mid-range but Stuart reacted quickly to deflect the look. After coming up empty on a late power play, the Jeffs pulled Stuart in the final minute but Fralick made two more saves to preserve her impressive shutout.
Stuart finished with 18 stops for Amherst.
The teams will wrap up their weekend series on Sunday at 3 p.m.