Jeffs Skate to 2-2 Tie With Manhattanville

Jeffs Skate to 2-2 Tie With Manhattanville

AMHERST, Mass. – Tori Salmon '15 and Emily Flom '15 each netted a goal, but Manhattanville received scores from Aubrey Bachand and Maeve O'Brien as the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in Saturday evening's non-conference women's ice hockey game at Orr Rink.

With the tie, Amherst moves to 5-1-1 on the season, while Manhattanville moves to 3-3-3 overall.

In a back-and-forth first period, Manhattanville netted the game's first goal when Bachand struck at the 12:05 mark following assists from Lindsay Diot and O'Brien. The Valiants edged Amherst in shots on goal in the opening period, 7-6 and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Jeffs came out firing in the second stanza, and following shots from Audrey Duquette '17 and an initial attempt by Flom, the senior was able to knock in the loose puck to even the game at 1-1 at the 3:36 mark. 

Just under three minutes later, Amherst went on the power play and applied tremendous pressure to the Valiants' goal. Ryan registered a pair of shots, while Flom and Brenna Sullivan '18 each fired the puck in on target, but Kirsten Shaughnessy was solid between the pipes and turned away three of those attempts and used a block by her defense to keep the game knotted at 1-1.

After a shot by Manhattanville's Michaela Murdock was turned aside by the Jeffs' first-year goalie Sabrina Dobbins, Erin Martin '16 fired a shot that Shaugnessy saved, and Alison Ahn '17 was just wide with her shot. At the 9:10 mark, the Valiants broke through when O'Brien scored on an assist from Scotia Bellavance to set the score at 2-1.

The Purple & White continued to attack the Manhattanville goal, posting a 17-5 shot differential in the frame, but Shaugnessy made 16 of her 32 saves in the second period and used a trio of blocks by her defense to maintain a one goal cushion after 40 minutes.

An early man advantage opportunity carried over from the end of the second frame saw Manhattanville get off to a quick start in the third stanza. The Valiants blasted five shots (three on goal), but Dobbins was terrific, making three stops to keep the score at 2-1.

Following another wave of Manhattanville shots including three blocks by the Purple & White, Alex Toupal '18 directed a pass to Salmon who drilled in the game-tying goal at the 5:54 mark to level the contest at 2-2.

Both teams had chances to net the go-ahead goal, but neither team was able to find the net as Shaugnessy made six saves and used several blocks from her defense, and Dobbins collected 14 saves to force an extra frame.

In the overtime, Madeline Tank '15 had the best opportunity to score the winner when her shot took a deflection that Shaugnessy didn't see. The puck fell in front of her pads and she was able to control it to the side of the net, keeping the score at 2-2. Martin and Lynndy Smith '17 each fired shots on goal but had them turned aside by Shuaghnessy, while Sullivan's and Camille Herzog's '17 efforts went just wide.

Dobbins finished with 25 saves in the tie, while Shaughnessy had 32 saves. Amherst held a 34-27 advantage in shots on goal, while Manhattanville won the faceoff battle, 27-21.

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, December 9 when it hosts Plymouth State at 7 p.m. at Orr Rink.