Women's Hockey Splits Pair with Conn. College
Issue   |   Tue, 02/04/2014 - 22:27

This past week the Amherst women’s hockey team lost two out of three games, dropping their record to 10-5-3 overall and 6-2-2 in the NESCAC.

On Jan. 28, the 10th-ranked Jeffs competed against No. 4 Norwich in a rematch of the game that took place right before interterm. In the Dec. 8 matchup the Jeffs fell 4-3, losing with just 1:47 left in regulation. This time the Jeffs again fell by just one goal, losing 2-1.

“It is unfortunate that we could not pull out a win, but it was still a great game and hopefully we can build off of that,” reflecting on the game, Hayley Opperman ’14 said.

In the Norwich game, the Cadets put away their first goal on a power play in the first period. Likewise, Amherst responded in the second period with a power play goal of their own when Emily Flom ’15 buried a tally for the Jeffs off of a Caitlyn Ryan ’17 pass.

When Norwich responded with another goal a couple minutes later, Amherst couldn’t find the net, even after pulling goaltender Kerri Stuart ’14, who finished the game with 19 saves.

Following the loss, the Jeffs looked to regroup in their double-header with Conn. College. Although Amherst held a 47-19 shot advantage in the Fri. Jan 31 contest, they suffered a crushing 5-4 loss. Thanks to goals by Melissa Martin ’15, Barrett McBride ’14 and Erin Martin ’16, the team entered the third period with a 3-2 lead. However, Conn. would go on to score three consecutive goals. McBride’s second tally of the game late in the third period would not prove to be enough to overcome the deficit.

On Sat. Feb. 1, the Jeffs managed to redeem themselves, avenging the previous night’s loss with a 3-0 win over the Camels. With 3:35 remaining in the first period, Martin put away her seventh goal of the season. It proved to be the game winner in the eventual shutout. This marked the fourth shutout in five collegiate appearances for first-year goalie, Yuna Evans.

With 2:45 remaining in the first period, Madeline Tank ’15 buried another goal for the Jeffs. The lead improved to 3-0 as a result of an empty-netter goal by Tori Salmon ’15 with 16 seconds remaining in the game.

“The split games at Conn. were a disappointment, but we battled back on Saturday and ended the weekend on a good note,” said Opperman.

Commenting on moving forward into postseason play, Opperman added, “Every team in the NESCAC is competitive so each game is a big game and counts towards end of the year standings.”

Continuing with this mentality, the Jeffs will take on NESCAC archrival Williams College on the Ephs’ home ice this Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 pm.