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Jeffs Skate to 2-2 Draw Against Trinity

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baranekNORWICH.jpgAMHERST, Mass. – Trailing by one entering the third period, the 10th-ranked Amherst women’s hockey team evened the score early in the frame as they skated to a 2-2 overtime tie against NESCAC rival Trinity College in the Jeffs’ regular season finale at Orr Rink.

Following the weekend series, the Jeffs are now 12-5-5 overall and 8-2-4 in conference play while the Bantams are 10-7-5 on the season and 5-6-3 in the league.

Much like the previous game when Trinity scored in the opening minutes, Saturday’s game featured another quick goal, this time from the home team. With a loose puck in front of the Bantams’ net, Sara Culhane ’17 dove to make contact and sneak the puck past Trinity goalie Alexa Pujol ’14 for the 1-0 lead at 2:02 of the first period.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Bantams retaliated 2:07 later when Lauren Glynn ’14 finished off a similar play and tied the game at 1-1. She was assisted by Emily Kleidon ’14 and Shelby Labe ’16 on the play. Seconds later, Trinity had its first power-play and capitalized on its opportunity. With a player advantage, Glynn sent a shot at net directly in front of goal that hit off the pads of Amherst net-minder Kerri Stuart ’14. The puck dropped in front of Lauren Fitzgerald ’15 who backhanded the shot to the top right corner as Trinity grabbed a 2-1 lead just five minutes into the opening frame.

Amherst held a 5v3 advantage five minutes into the second period, providing a great opportunity to tie the game. Erin Martin ’16 sent a cross pass from the right goal line to Tori Salmon ’15 but her one-timer attempt at the left post deflected off the top of her stick. The Jeffs had several strong scoring chances afterwards but couldn’t find the back of the net as the Bantams successfully completed the penalty kill.

After a scoreless second period, Amherst quickly evened the score in the third. Just 16 seconds into a power play, Martin found the puck off a rebound and sent it past Pujol for the score at the 2:14 mark. Salmon and Barrett McBride ’14 were credited with the assists.

Salmon displayed some nifty stick skills with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, faking out two Bantam defenders to get a clear shot on net. However, her attempt at the top right corner was blocked by Pujol to protect the tie. Neither team could score in the closing minutes as they skated to overtime.

In the overtime period, Amherst looked poised to win when senior co-captain Hayley Opperman fired a shot towards net that bounced off the pads of Pujol. McBride was there for the follow-up but the Trinity net-minder stuck her leg out to make a spectacular save.

Amherst held a decisive 38-21 shot advantage while Stuart made 19 stops between the posts. Pujol recorded 36 saves for Trinity including nine in overtime.

The Jeffs return to the rink Friday, Feb. 21 for the first contest of a two-game series at Bowdoin. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.