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AMHERST, Mass. – Abby Ostrom '14 tallied the game-winning goal for Trinity College at the 13:12 mark of the second period, scoring just 11 seconds after Geneva Lloyd '13 had tied the game for Amherst College and lifting the visiting Bantams to an eventual 4-2 win over the Lord Jeffs in women's hockey action Wednesday at Orr Rink.
Ostrom added an assist as she registered her first points of the season, helping Trinity improve to 3-1-2 with the win while Amherst dropped to 3-4-0. The Jeffs fell to the Bantams in regular-season play for the second consecutive season, but with the teams scheduled for a NESCAC weekend series Feb. 9-10 in Hartford, Wednesday's contest did not count toward the conference standings.
Cheeky Herr '16 and Rebecca Rosen '13 staked Trinity to a 2-0 lead before Erin Martin '16 got Amherst on the board late in the first period, setting up the second-period dramatics from Lloyd and Ostrom. Unable to crack the 3-2 deficit, the Jeffs pulled goalie Kasia Henley '16 in the final minute and Lucy Robinson '15 sent in the final Bantam tally on an open net.
After even play to begin, Trinity jumped ahead at the 7:55 mark in the first period, when Herr collected a pass from Ostrom in her own half of the ice then carried across the Amherst blue line for a breakaway shot. While starting Amherst goalie Kerri Stuart '14 was able to deflect her initial attempt, Herr flipped the rebound in for her first collegiate goal, with Ostrom earning the assist.
Things got even better for the Bantams late in the period, when Rosen emerged victorious from a scrum in front of the Amherst net, jamming in her first of the season with Lily Gacicia '15 and Lauren Fitzgerald '15 earning assists.
The Jeffs quickly rebounded, however, cutting the lead in half just 46 seconds later when Martin sent in a close-range look. Courtney Baranek '14 and Ashley Salerno '14 earned assists as the Amherst rookie tallied her third goal of a strong debut season.
Much of the second period passed quietly with Henley taking over in net for Amherst, but things got exciting in a hurry in the second half of the frame, beginning with a textbook strike from Lloyd at the 13:01 mark. The senior carried the puck up the left side, created space with a nifty bit of stick work and ripped a shot off the crossbar past Trinity keeper Alexa Pujol '14, evening the score at 2.
Trinity needed just 11 seconds to retake the lead, however, as Ostrom quickly attacked the Amherst net and finished an unassisted goal from close range to put the visitors back on top, 3-2. With Pujol making several nice saves for the Bantams, the Jeffs could not find the equalizer before the second intermission, despite a 10-6 edge in shots over the period.
Neither team could cash in on power plays to start the third, and Henley kept the Jeffs within one with a nice save off a Hillary McNamara '13 look six minutes in. Amherst could not find the equalizer on offense, however, as Pujol made four late saves for the Bantams including a pair of stops in the final minute after the Jeffs pulled Henley.
After a blocked Lloyd attempt caromed out to the middle, Robinson sent in Trinity's final goal on the empty net with just seven seconds remaining. Emma Tani '16 earned her second assist of the year on Robinson's second tally.
The Jeffs finished with a 26-24 edge in shots, but Trinity controlled play during the decisive third period, outshooting Amherst 9-5 in the frame. Pujol recorded 24 saves for the Bantams, while Stuart stopped seven shots in the first period before Henley made 13 saves over the final two stanzas.
Amherst continues its non-conference slate Saturday, Dec. 8 at Oswego State while Trinity travels to Southern Maine for a weekend series beginning Friday night.