Jeffs Edged Out by No. 4 Elmira, 3-2
Contact: Ben Badua
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Amherst women’s hockey team suffered its first setback of the season with a 3-2 loss to fourth-ranked Elmira College at the ninth annual Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury.
Amherst’s Tori Salmon ’16 generated the game’s first good scoring opportunity nine minutes into the opening period. Cutting toward goal, the forward beat first-year goaltender Kyle Nelson, but the shot rang off the crossbar, keeping the Jeffs off the board.
Going on the offensive, Elmira netted the game’s first score 15:20 into the period. Aston Hogan ’15 got the play started by tracking down a puck dumped behind the goal by Lindsay Burrows ’15. While going to her knees, Hogan found the stick of Cassidy Delainey ’15 in front, who one-timed a shot past Kerri Stuart ’14 for her sixth of the season.
Amherst tied the game at the 6:10 mark of the middle frame with a power play goal. Skating to the top of the left circle, Erin Martin ’16 snapped a wrist shot into the top corner of the net.
Elmira went on a power play late in the period, which later became a five-on-three advantage for 1:41. Taking advantage, Ashley Ryan ’15 flipped a shot that ended up trickling to Tanis Lamoreux ’14 on the left side. She quickly tucked a high try into the back of the net to put the Soaring Eagles back on top.
Amherst tied the game just 2:10 into the third period. Coming out of a scrum in front with the puck, Madeline Tank ’15 hammered home her second of the year. Bouncing right back, Elmira netted the game winner a minute later when Erin Weston ’15 tipped in a shot from Brooke Wilgosh ’15 at 3:10.
The Jeffs nearly tied the game at the 14:30 mark, but the would-be equalizer was waved off when the net came off its moorings. Amherst continued to apply pressure down the stretch, but Nelson stood her ground, finishing the period with eight saves.
The Purple & White held a decisive 29-15 shot-on-goal advantage, while converting one of its four power play opportunities. Stuart collected 12 stops in the loss, while Nelson made 27 saves.
Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 4 against Manhattanville.