Courtesy of Norwich Sports Information
NORWICH, Vt. - Geneva Lloyd '13 netted the Jeffs' lone goal on a power play late in the third period, but the Amherst women's hockey team couldn't overcome a slow start in a 2-1 loss to No. 5 Norwich.
Winless in their last three outings following a four-game win streak, Amherst fell to 7-6-1 on the season and 3-3 all-time against Norwich, while the Cadets improved to 10-2-3 on the year.
After a scoreless first period which featured a lot of blocked shots and play in the neutral zone, Norwich finally broke through at the 7:39 mark of the middle frame when Tori Charron '14 lit the lamp for her team-leading 14th goal of the season.
Charron smacked home a puck over the outstretched arm of junior goaltender Kerri Stuart after a shot from the point by Brittany Sharman '14 ricocheted off traffic in front of the net to the doorstep of the cage. Sophomore forward Kaycie Anderson '15 also picked up an assist on the play.
Early in the third period Jillayne DeBus '13 added to the Cadets' lead with a shorthanded 2-on-1 goal at 1:41. After Sharman started the break by blocking a crossing pass, DeBus beat Stuart to the right side of the net off a pass from Emily MacKinnon '14.
Staying aggressive, Amherst turned up the pressure in hopes of getting on the board and finally converted on its third power play chance of the period. Following a long battle along the boards, Courtney Baranek '14 emerged from the scrum with the puck. Skating out from the half boards, she flipped the puck back to Ashley Salerno '14 at the point. Evading a defender the junior moved to her right before sliding the puck over to Lloyd who pinched down towards the slot. Quickly wristing a shot into the lower right corner of the net, the senior tri-captain tallied her ninth of the season to cut the deficit in half.
The Lord Jeffs continued to push forward in search of the equalizer and pulled their goalie for the final 32 seconds. The move nearly paid off as Amherst had two great chances in the waning moments of the game as Tori Salmon '15 slid a shot just wide before Loren Carrier '15 stoned Emily Flom '15 from point-blank range as the buzzer sounded to preserve the win.
Norwich finished with a 19-17 shots-on-goal advantage, while Carrier made 16 stops en route to her seventh win. Stuart made 17 saves in the loss.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Conn. College.