Jeffs Trip Up Bowdoin, 3-1

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AMHERST, Mass. - Snapping a three-game losing skid to Bowdoin, the 10th-ranked Amherst women’s hockey team improved to 13-5-5 (9-2-4 NESCAC) on the season with a 3-1 victory over the Polar Bears at Sidney Watson Arena.

With neither team able to light the lamp over the first 37:24, Amherst broke through late in the second period before adding two more in the third to drop their northern rivals to 10-10-3 (5-7-3 NESCAC) on the year.

Getting outshot 17-15 over the first two stanzas, Bowdoin turned the tables in the final frame, holding a 12-8 shot advantage, but it was not enough, as Amherst senior goaltender Kerri Stuart collected 26 saves to preserve the Jeff lead.

Locked in a closely contested game, Amherst held a 10-9 shot-on-goal advantage during a scoreless first period. Still looking for the contest’s first goal, the Jeffs finally solved the Bowdoin defense with a tally late in the middle frame.

Racing up ice on a power play, Courtney Baranek ’14 put a shot on target that forced a Beth Findley ’16 save. With the sophomore goalie unable to control the rebound, Baranek corralled her own miss and backhanded the go-ahead goal past a sprawling Findley at 17:24.

Just 2:06 later the Polar Bears answered. Madeline Lane ’14 got the play started by sending a shot in from the right point. Making her way to the front of the net, Chelsea MacNeil ’15 redirected the try past Stuart, pulling the home team even with just 30 seconds left in the period.

Hoping to regain its momentum, Amherst wasted little time finding the back of the net following the intermission. Sneaking a shot past Findley, Emily Flom ’15 scored her sixth of the season off of a Melissa Martin ’15 feed at 1:14. Still clinging to a one-goal margin late in the third, Eileen Harris ’16 gave the Jeffs a little breathing room, netting an insurance tally off a rebound in front with just 3:30 remaining in regulation.

Going 1-for-2 on the power play, the Jeffs did not concede a goal on the Polar Bears’ lone man-advantage, while finishing the game 21-of-39 on faceoffs. Findley made 22 saves in the loss.

Amherst wraps up its weekend set with Bowdoin on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.