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AMHERST, Mass. - Josie Fisher '12 (Norwich, Vt.) and Erin Babineau '12 (St. Paul, Minn.) each had a goal and two assists to lead the fifth-ranked Amherst women's hockey team to a decisive 4-0 win over Colby at Orr Rink.
Improving to 12-1-1 against the Mules since 2006-07, the Lord Jeffs remain undefeated in NESCAC play, moving to 5-0-0 (8-2-0 overall). With the loss, Colby fell to 4-6-1 on the season and 1-4-0 in conference action.
Hoping to get the home team off to a fast start, Fisher registered the game's first good scoring chance, skating to the front of the net and testing sophomore netminder Brianne Wheeler with a quick shot.
Causing a turnover in the Colby zone with just over 14 minutes remaining in the first, forward Megan Doyen '13 (Ortonville, Mich.) again put a shot on net from point blank range, but Wheeler made a sprawling save on the junior's backhand to keep things scoreless.
Moving into the offensive zone with just under five minutes remaining in the opening period, Babineau threw a shot on net from the right circle. Collecting the loose puck over the outstretched hands of Wheeler, Fisher tucked her sixth goal of the season just inside the left post at 15:05 to stake the Jeffs to a 1-0 advantage.
Outshooting Colby 14-7 in the first 20 minutes, the Lord Jeffs looked to carry their momentum into the second, with Courtney Baranek '14 (West Babylon, N.Y.) giving the Purple and White a two-goal edge just 1:58 into the frame.
Looking to respond less than two minutes later, first-year Lauren Guarente slipped behind the Jeff defense for a breakaway, but the charging forward flipped a backhand just wide of the left post, keeping the Mules off the board.
Still trailing 2-0 with under five to play in the second, first-year Jackie Tavella ripped a hard shot from the point that sophomore Sylvia Xistris redirected in front of the Lord Jeff goal, but Amherst goalie Sinead Murphy (Rochester, Minn.) quickly reacted to the deflection to preserve the shutout.
Trying to finally break through halfway through the final period, Colby pushed forward on an odd-man rush, but Murphy turned away a Maddy Borek '15 wrister to keep the Mules scoreless.
Less than four minutes later Babineau charged into the Colby zone looking to pad the Lord Jeff lead. Coming across the face of the goal, the senior slid a backhanded pass back to the left side finding the stick of an oncoming Emily Vitale '12 (Cheshire, Conn.), who tapped home Amherst's third tally.
With less than a minute remaining in regulation, Babineau put the wraps the Jeffs' fourth shutout of the season, putting away a rebound in front to notch her fifth goal of the year.
Amherst finished with a decisive 38-34 shot advantage, with Murphy making 15 saves en route to her second shutout. Wheeler made 34 stops in the loss.
The Lord Jeffs wrap up their weekend set with the Mules on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. in Orr Rink.