Amherst Holds Off Wesleyan Rally, Wins 3-2
Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Moving out to a 3-0 edge midway through the second period, undefeated Amherst held off a Wesleyan rally to come away with a 3-2 NESCAC/Little Three victory at Spurrier-Snyder Rink on Friday night.
Getting a goal and an assist from junior Emily Flom, her first points of the year, and a pair of assists by senior Hayley Opperman, the Jeffs made it look like they would comfortably post their 20th straight victory over Wesleyan as the Cardinals have not beaten Amherst since Nov. 22, 2003. Flom's go-ahead goal with just :32 left in the first period came on a clean break down the right side off a pass from Opperman as Flom beat Wesleyan sophomore keeper Laura Corcoran with a wrister to the glove side.
Skating with a two-man advantage early in the second period, Amherst cashed in with top scorer junior Tori Salmon netting her third of the year at 3:29 for the 2-0 edge. Sophomore Eileen Harris' first goal of the season at 11:48 of the middle stanza proved to be the game-winner as she one-timed a smart pass by Flom from the edge of the crease into the net.
But Wesleyan got on the board 1:40 later when junior Caitlin Bray got her initial goal of the campaign with a shot through traffic from the left circle with assists to junior Hannah Jellinek and freshman Ellery Sarosi.
The teams skated scoreless for the next 22 minutes before Jellinek got a goal of her own set up by Sarosi and senior Glenn Hartman-Mattson at 16:06 on the power play as she knocked in a rebound.
With Corcoran pulled in favor of a sixth skater for the final 1:30, Wesleyan put some pressure on Amherst and senior goalie Kerri Stuart, but Amherst prevented Wesleyan from finding the equalizer as Stuart finished with 19 saves. Corcoran had 25 for Wesleyan.
The teams conclude their two-game conference series tomorrow, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. in Middletown.