Jeffs Fall to No. 4 Norwich, 3-1
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Emily Flom ’15 netted the Jeffs’ lone goal on a power play 5:22 into the third period, but the deficit proved too big to overcome with the Amherst women’s hockey team dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 4 Norwich University at Orr Rink.
Falling to the Cadets for the second time this season, Amherst will enter this weekend’s set with league rival Trinity with a 10-8-1 overall mark, while Norwich (17-2-3) extended its win streak to 11.
Holding a 12-6 shot-on-goal advantage over the first 20 minutes, Tori Charron ’14 cashed in on an early opportunity, putting away the game’s first goal 13:18 into the period. Creating a turnover on the forecheck, Jillayne DeBus’13 skated between the circles before centering a pass to Charron, who sneaked a shot inside the right post. With time winding down in the first, Norwich extended its margin when Stephanie Invernizzi ’13 backhanded a Haley Gibson ’14 pass into the back of the Jeff net to make it 2-0.
Killing a Cadet power play early in the second period, Amherst looked to get something going on its own man-advantage nearly halfway through the frame. Holding the puck at the point, Geneva Lloyd ’13 flicked a wrister toward the net. Fighting for position in front, Courtney Baranek ’14 got a stick on the shot, but the redirection sailed just over the crossbar keeping the Jeffs off the board.
Going right back on the offensive, Norwich generated several scoring opportunities before capitalizing on their third score at 14:28. Skating into the right circle, Marie-Phillip Guay ’14 buried her second of the season with a hard, rising shot over the Stuart’s glove, less than a minute after the junior made a sprawling save to momentarily keep the relentless Cadet attack at bay.
Creating a short-handed opportunity seconds into the third period, Baranek raced forward on an odd-man rush. Taking a cross-ice pass on the far post, Tori Salmon ’16 put a quick try on net, but Kelly Fisk ’14 stonewalled the forward from point-blank range to preserve the shutout. On the power play minutes later, the Jeffs finally broke through on Flom’s fifth tally of 2012-13.
Ashley Salerno ’14 got the play started with a shot from the right circle. Corralling the rebound on the back post, Flom beat Fisk with the help of a solid screen in front. On another man-advantage with just over 12:30 to go, Hayley Opperman ’14 nearly brought Amherst back within one, ringing a long shot off the pipe, but that was as close as the Purple & White would get, with Norwich holding onto the two-goal victory.
The Cadets finished with a 24-15 shot-on-goal advantage despite finishing 0-for-2 on the power play. Fisk made 14 saves en route to her sixth victory, while Stuart finished with 21 stops in the loss.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Feb. 9-10 at Trinity.