Jeffs Skate to a 1-1 Draw With No. 1 Plattsburgh

StuartCourtesy of Middlebury College


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Plattsburgh’s Jordan Caldwell ’14 scored with just nine seconds remaining in regulation to earn the top-ranked Cardinals (8-0-1) a 1-1 tie against Amherst on day one of the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury College.

Both teams return to action tomorrow when Amherst (3-0-2) plays Elmira at 1 p.m. and Plattsburgh battles the host Panthers at 4 p.m. This year’s classic features the winners of 10 of the last 12 NCAA Championships.

Following a scoreless first period, Amherst went on a power play at the 6:22 mark of the second. Narrowly missing a chance to pull ahead, a shot from Eileen Harris ’16 was saved as a rebound attempt by Hayley Opperman ’14 went through the five-hole of Sydney Aveson ’14, but slid just past the left post.

Plattsburgh went on a power play of its own at the 8:23 mark, but could only muster up a couple of shots against a stingy Amherst penalty kill. The Cardinals continued to apply pressure, but Jeff netminder Kerri Stuart ’14 kept Plattsburgh off the board.

With time winding down in the middle frame, Amherst finally broke through. Emily Flom '15 got the play started by controlling the puck following a turnover behind the Cardinal net. The junior then found Harris in the slot, who fired the one-timer past Aveson for the 1-0 lead. The goal was the first allowed by Plattsburgh this season in nine games, a span of 518:36.

Despite holding a 7-3 shot advantage in the final period, the Cardinals still trailed by a goal in the waning moments of regulation. Pulling Aveson for an extra attacker with 36 seconds left to play, Allison Era ’14 found some open space to the left of the right point. Receiving the pass, Caldwell quickly one-timed a shot from a tough angle down low and beat Stuart to tie the game.
Carrying the momentum into the extra session, Plattsburgh held a 6-1 shot advantage, but Stuart stood tall, turning away each try to help Amherst salvage a draw. The Cardinals finished with a 33-20 edge in shots, going 0-for-1 on the power play. The Jeffs were 0-for-3 on the man advantage. Stuart collected 32 saves, while Aveson had 19 stops.