Jeffs Close Road Trip with 2-1 Win at St. Thomas

Vitale Contact: Justin Long

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Emily Vitale '12 scored her fifth goal of the season midway through the third period to lead the seventh-ranked Amherst College women's hockey team to a 2-1 win at the University of Saint Thomas Thursday evening at the Saint Thomas Ice Arena. 

Meghan Parker '12 gave the Tommies (4-6-2) a 1-0 lead 4:53 into the second period, but Tori Salmon '15 put the Lord Jeffs (12-3-0) on the board less than five minutes later to set up Vitale's go-ahead goal in the third. The result marked Amherst's first-ever win over Saint Thomas, as the Tommies had been 3-0-1 in the series. 

Amherst will return from its Midwest road trip with little time to rest before taking on the defending national champions, as the Jeffs will host top-ranked Norwich University next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The visitors held an 11-7 advantage in shots during the scoreless first period. Saint Thomas nearly broke the deadlock during a 2-on-0 break late in the frame, but Amherst's Kerri Stuart '14 came up with one of her 21 saves on the night. 

Saint Thomas came up empty on its first two power play chances but was able to capitalize on its third early in the middle period. After receiving a pass from Maria Bothwell '14, Parker beat Stuart with a shot from the point to make it a 1-0 game with 15:07 on the clock. 

Salmon's second goal in as many days came just after the Tommies returned to even strength, as the Amherst first-year tied the game at 1-1 9:04 into the second period. Erin Babineau '12 recorded her sixth assist on the play, with Hayley Opperman '14 adding her fourth. 

The Tommies held an 8-5 advantage in shots during the third period, but Amherst had the one that mattered most. With 10:18 remaining in regulation, Barrett McBride '14 assisted Vitale on the go-ahead goal, marking the senior captain's first game winner of the season. 

Stuart's 21 saves helped her improve to 6-1 on the season, while Chelsey Sitzmann '15 stopped 19 of Amherst's 21 shots and dropped to 1-2.