Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The No. 9/6 Amherst College women's hockey team used a goal each from Emily Flom '15 and Lynndy Smith '17 to help lift the Jeffs to a 2-2 overtime tie with No. 4/4 Middlebury College at Chip Kenyon '85 Arena on Friday evening.
With the tie, Amherst (10-1-2, 6-0-1) and Middlebury (8-2-2, 5-1-1) will return for game two of the season series on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. This weekend's games between the conference foes are serving as a Faceoff Against Breast Cancer event. The Jeffs are currently ranked ninth in the lates USCHO.com Top 10 Poll, and sixth in the latest D3hockey.com Top 10 Poll.
In the first period, scoring chances were hard to come by for each team. At the 10:17 mark, Middlebury's Carly Watson put the hosts on the board first when she laced a shot from the left point that deflected off a Jeff defender. Watson was setup on a pass from Winslow along the side boards after Katie Mandigo dug the puck out of an Amherst player's skate near the goal line. The score remained a 1-0 lead in favor of the Panthers into the break.
Out of the intermission, Amherst turned up its offensive pressure throwing pucks at the net in the second. Looking for the tying goal, Flom knotted the game 1-1 at 4:26 when she sent a hard shot from the left point that hit the right post and caromed in for her eighth of the season. Erin Martin '16 was credited with the assist for the Jeffs after she won a faceoff following a stoppage of play.
The game stayed tied at 1-1 until the midway point of the final period. On the power play, Smith put the Purple & White in the lead, scoring through a crowd in front of the crease following stick-to-stick passes from near the goal line by senior assistant captain Tori Salmon and Erin Martin.
Looking for the equalizer, Winslow tipped in a shot by Hannah Bielawski following a pass through traffic from Mandigo to set the score at 2-2 at the 13:49 mark.
Amherst nearly took the lead with under two minutes left in the third when Salmon laced a shot that was saved by Middlebury goalie Annabelle Jones as frantic action continued at both ends of the ice.
In the overtime period, neither team had many scoring opportunities as just four total shots were fired on net.
For the contest, Middlebury held a narrow 31-28 advantage in shots on target. Jones (2-2-1) tallied 26 saves in front of the net for the Panthers, while Amherst goalie Yuna Evans '17 (5-1-1) was credited with 29 stops.