Jeffs Fall Short Against No. 3 Norwich, 4-3

Salmon9Courtesy of Norwich Sports Information


NORTHFIELD, Vt. – First-year forward Kahnekaró:roks McComber scored her first collegiate goal with 1:47 left in regulation to break a 3-3 tie and lift the third-ranked Norwich University women’s hockey team to a thrilling 4-3 win over ninth-ranked Amherst College at Kreitzberg Arena.
McComber picked an opportune time to score her first career goal as the rookie scored just 20 seconds after Amherst (4-2-2, 3-0-1 NESCAC) netted an equalizer to tie the game at 3-3. Lunging at a loose puck on the far side of the crease, she shoved it past Amherst goalie Kerri Stuart ’14 at the 18:13 mark of the third period. First-year Adelle Murphy and senior Tori Charron also picked up assists on the goal.
After a scoreless first period, Rachel Bellio ’16 opened the scoring at the 2:42 mark of the second when she scored off an assist from Kayla Parsons '14. Amherst knotted the game at 1-1 when Sara Culhane ’17 scored a power play goal off an assist from Erin Martin ’16.
Norwich regained the lead late in the second when Bellio scored again by shoveling home a rebound off an initial shot from the point by Brittany Sharman ’14 on a 5-on-3 power play.

Amherst scored on a 5-on-3 of its own 47 seconds into the third period when Martin poked a puck just over the line off an initial shot by Tori Salmon ’15. Norwich regained the lead at the 8:22 mark of the third when Haley Gibson ’14 planted herself at the top of the crease and scored on her backhand off assists from Bellio and Kaycie Anderson ’15.

Amherst countered at the 17:53 mark of the period when Salmon wristed a shot that Norwich starting goalie Taylor Fairchild ’15 got a glove on, but not enough to keep out of the net as the puck fluttered in to tie the game. Just 20 seconds later, McComber netted the game-winner to seal the win for the Cadets.
Fairchild made 15 saves for Norwich, while improving to 6-0-0 on the season. Stuart finished with 25 stops for Amherst.

 The Jeffs return to action against Holy Cross on Saturday, Jan. 4.