Jeffs Edged by No. 4 Norwich, 2-1
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – The ninth-ranked Amherst women’s ice hockey team fell short to fourth-ranked Norwich University on Tuesday night, dropping a 2-1 non-conference matchup at Orr Rink.
The Jeffs are now 9-4-3 overall on the year after falling to the Cadets (15-3) for the second time this season. Earlier in the year, Norwich claimed a 4-3 win off a game-winner with 1:47 remaining in regulation.
The Cadets took advantage of a power play opportunity in the first period when a slap shot from Brittany Sharman ’14 from inside the blue line was deflected by Emily MacKinnon ’14, who was standing in front of the net. Mackinnon’s deflection redirected the puck as she found the back of the net to give Norwich a 1-0 lead at the 14:57 mark.
Amherst retaliated early in the second frame during their first power play opportunity. Within two minutes and 45 seconds, Emily Flom ’15 received a pass from Caitlyn Ryan ’17 and sent a slap shot from inside the center blue line past Norwich goalie Loren Carter ’15 for the score. Eileen Harris ’16 was also credited with an assist on the play.
However, the Cadets regained the lead minutes later when Sharman skated all alone in front of the net and scored unassisted at the 8:32 mark.
With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Amherst’s leader in assists, Erin Martin ’16, dished it forward to Tori Salmon ’15, the leading goal scorer, who had a clear path to the net. Salmon sent one towards Carter but the Norwich goalie reached up to make the glove save and disrupt the Jeff’s scoring chance.
Amherst pulled their goalie in the final minute but couldn’t capitalize on the player advantage as Norwich held on for the win.
Both teams went 1-for-2 on power plays but the Cadets held a 21-to-14 edge in shots. Carter finished with 13 saves on the day and Jeff goalie Kerri Stuart ’14 finished with 19 stops.
The Jeffs return to the rink on Friday, Jan. 31 and head to Conn. College for a 7 p.m. showdown.