Jeffs Play Middlebury to 1-1 Overtime Tie

Jeffs Play Middlebury to 1-1 Overtime Tie

Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The No. 9/6 Amherst College women's hockey team used a first period power play goal from Erin Martin '16 to stake a 1-0 lead, but Jessica Young's goal at the 18:25 mark of the third period for No. 4/4 Middlebury saw the Jeffs and Panthers skate to a 1-1 overtime tie on Saturday afternoon in NESCAC action.

For the second time in as many days, Amherst (10-1-3, 6-0-2) played Middlebury (8-2-3, 5-1-2) to a stalemate. The Jeffs return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 20 when they travel to Nichols College for non-conference action at 8:10 p.m.

A little over halfway through the opening period on the power play, Erin Martin got Amherst on the board at the 10:21 mark when she put home a rebound just outside the left crease. Martin scored her third goal of the season following an initial shot from Alex Toupal '18 on a pass from the right wing by senior assistant captain Tori Salmon. With under three minutes remaining in the period, Middlebury's Maddie Winslow looked to tie the game but was denied on the doorstep and in the process drew a penalty. However, the Panthers couldn't capitalize with the extra skater. In the final 20 seconds, a point-blank shot by Martin was turned away by Middlebury goalie Madeline Marsh, keeping the Panthers' deficit at one.

The Panthers threatened 4:30 into the second period with a mad flurry in front. Shots by Emily Fluke and Julia Wardwell were turned away by Jeffs' goalie Sabrina Dobbins '18 as the Panthers induced an Amherst penalty. The hosts were again unable to cash in and the Purple & White maintained its narrow, one-goal advantage.

With a little more than seven minutes left in the third frame, a shot by Amherst's Emma Greise '18 from the left hit the crossbar, went straight down, but never crossed the goal line and the score remained 1-0. In the final minutes, the action picked up on both ends with big saves from each goalie.

Middlebury eventually broke through and scored the equalizer with 95 seconds left in the final period. Following a puck that was loose in front, Young top-shelved it into the upper-left corner. Hannah Bielawski brought the puck into the offensive zone from the left side and worked it back around behind the goal. Fluke received a pass from Bielawski and sent the pass toward the crease setting up Young's goal.

During the overtime, both teams had good scoring chances but the respective goalies were up for the challenge. On the power play, Amherst had its best scoring chance when Lynndy Smith '17 and Toupal both blasted shots from the point, but Marsh gloved each shot. Middlebury had its opportunities in the final minute, but Dobbins paddled away one, and made a pad save on another to earn the key conference point.

For the contest, Middlebury held a 28-22 advantage in shots. Marsh tallied 27 saves in front of the net, while Dobbins was credited with 21 stops.