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NEW LONDON, Conn. – Kaitlyn McInnis '13 and Melissa Martin '15 each scored a goal to help the seventh-ranked Amherst College women's hockey team earn a 2-1 win at Connecticut College Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.
The Lord Jeffs (15-3-0, 9-1-0 NESCAC) put 43 shots on net but were only 1-for-9 on the power play, while the Camels (8-7-2, 5-6-1 NESCAC) attempted 33 shots and came up empty on all six of their 5-on-4 opportunities.
Saturday marked Amherst's fifth win in a row and its third consecutive game without surrendering a power-play goal, as the Jeffs have successfully killed their past 15 penalties.
Sinead Murphy '12 came up with 32 stops and improved to 8-2-0 on the season, giving her a save percentage of .984 (62-of-63) and a 0.50 goals-against average for the week.
Connecticut College went on the power play three times in the opening period, but it was Amherst that got on the board when McInnis scored unassisted at 14:27, marking her first goal and sixth point of the season.
The Jeffs came up empty on a two-skater advantage early in the second period, but they were given another chance less than five minutes later when the Camels were whistled for hooking and tripping. Amherst wouldn't let its second 5-on-3 opportunity go to waste, as Martin scored her sixth goal of the season at 7:36 to make it a 2-0 game, with Tori Salmon '15 recording an assist on the play.
The hosts got one back in the third period when Jillian Dolliff cut her team's deficit in half at 6:17. The Camels pulled their goalie with less than a minute to play and called a timeout at 19:27, but Murphy and the Amherst defense withstood the late charge and held on for the win.
Kelsie Fralick stopped 41 shots in an outstanding effort for the Camels, but she dropped to 3-3-1 on the year.
Amherst maintained its narrow lead over Middlebury in the NESCAC standings, with the Lord Jeffs and Panthers comfortably ahead of the rest of the conference pack.
The Lord Jeffs, who have played seven tough games in 16 days, will get some much needed rest before traveling to take on Williams College in a two-game series next Friday and Saturday.