AMHERST, Mass. – Despite a staggering 54-24 advantage in shots, the No. 8/6 Amherst College women's ice hockey team dropped its first NESCAC game of the 2014-15 season to Connecticut College Sunday afternoon in Orr Rink, 3-0. Sunday's game was the third annual "Pink in the Rink" fundraiser hosted by the Jeffs in support of breast cancer awareness.
The loss was just the second on the year for the Purple & White who fall to 12-2-3 overall and 7-1-2 in conference play. The Camels improve to 11-6-3 on the year and 6-4-2 in league action.
Connecticut College scored a goal in each period. The visitor's took advantage of a Jeff penalty just four seconds into the power play when Cassie Hunter fired a shot at net that went off first-year goaltender Sabrina Dobbins' pads, however, the rebound went directly to Stephanie Izzi who sent the puck through the outstretched legs of Dobbins at the 7:20 mark. Despite being outshot 15-7, Conn. College led 1-0 after the first period.
Roughly six minutes in the second frame, the Purple & White had a great opportunity to even the score with a two-player advantage, but the Camels defense held strong. Caitlyn Ryan '17 sent a slap shot from just inside the blue line that hit the crossbar, but it redirected away from the crease. The Camels defense halted any Amherst opportunity as they held strong and killed the power play to maintain the lead.
Later in the period, the Jeffs went to clear the puck but Hunter intercepted the pass and quickly fired a shot towards goal that went into the back of the net to give the visitor's a two-goal advantage. Neither team scored in the final 5:15 of the stanza as Amherst trailed 2-0 entering the third.
Amherst continued to apply heavy offensive pressure during the final 20 minutes of regulation and controlled the puck the majority of the period, but was unable to find the back of the net as the Camels tacked on an empty net goal in the closing seconds to secure the win.
Connecticut College goaltender Kelsie Fralick recorded the shutout win with an impressive 54 saves, while Dobbins stopped 21 shots but was credited with the loss.
The Jeffs are back on the ice Friday, Feb. 6 and will host NESCAC rival Williams. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.