Salmon Scores Twice as Jeffs Defeat Trinity, 3-1
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Courtney Baranek ’14 and Tori Salmon ’15 accounted for all three Jeff scores as the 10th-ranked Amherst women’s hockey team defeated NESCAC rival Trinity 3-1 Friday night at Orr Rink in the second annual “Pink in the Rink” game.
The Jeffs (12-5-4, 8-2-3 NESCAC) are unbeaten in four straight contests and have won three straight against the Bantams (10-7-4, 5-6-2 NESCAC).
After falling behind early, Amherst scored three unanswered en route to the victory. Salmon scored twice and recorded an assist and Baranek assisted on both Salmon goals while tacking on the game-winner in the second frame.
It took just 2:25 of the opening period for the Bantams to score the first goal of the game. Senior Emily Kleidon’s attempt from the center of the ice redirected off the stick of a Jeff defender and snuck under the outstretched pads of Amherst net-minder Yuna Evans ’17 to give Trinity an early 1-0 advantage.
The Bantams continued to apply the pressure offensively during the first frame but Evans held strong between the posts, stopping several strong opportunities from the visiting team. Amherst put together a solid scoring chance in the closing minutes of the period when Erin Martin ’16 skated past the one Trinity defender in her way, but was unable to tie the game as Bantam goalie Kristen Maxwell ’14 made the save.
Amherst was quick to even the score in the second period. Distracted by a collision in front of the net, Tori Salmon ’15 took advantage of Maxwell’s obstructed view and sent the shot through the five-hole in just 1:10 into the frame.
Several minutes later, Amherst gained its first lead of the game when Salmon’s attempt from the right goal line bounced off the pads of Maxwell where Baranek stood waiting for the rebound. The senior co-captain was in the right place at the right time as she quickly connected with a backhand into the bottom right corner, giving the Jeffs a 2-1 lead at 6:01.
With just over five minutes to play in regulation, Trinity sent several shots at net including one that went wide on an empty net with Evans out of position, but the Bantams couldn’t capitalize on their chances. Shortly after, Trinity successfully killed a penalty then pulled Maxwell with 1:04 left, to no avail. Salmon found the empty net for her second of the day and put the game out of reach.
Evans remains perfect this season between the posts (4-0-2), stopping 31 of the 32 shots she faced. Maxwell recorded 30 saves in net for Trinity. Neither team could take advantage of their power-play opportunities, finishing a combined 0-for-4.
The Jeffs return to Orr Rink tomorrow, Feb. 15, and will honor their senior class members before the game. The puck is scheduled to drop at 3 p.m. against Trinity.