Jeffs Skate to 1-1 (ot) Tie with Trinity

Jeffs Skate to 1-1 (ot) Tie with Trinity

HARTFORD, Conn. - The No. 9/6 Amherst College women's hockey team skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with Trinity College on Saturday evening in Hartford, Conn.

With the tie, Amherst moves to 15-2-4 on the season, 9-1-3 in NESCAC action, while Trinity moves to 12-6-2 overall, 5-6-2 in league action. The Jeffs and Bantams will square off again on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in Hartford, Conn.

In the opening period, Trinity edged Amherst in shots, 10-9, and were able to kill off a pair of Jeffs' power plays. With 41 seconds remaining in the opening frame, Cheeky Herr put the Bantams on the board with her 15th goal of the season. Emma Tani and Shelby Labe assisted on the score that gave Trinity a 1-0 advantage at the first intermission.

With 1:19 elapsed in the second period, the Purple & White was awarded its first extra-man opportunity and took immediate advantage. At the 1:55 mark, Alex Toupal '18 delivered her seventh goal of the campaign following a feed from Lynndy Smith '17 to even the contest at 1-1. Amherst had a pair of later power plays, and the Bantams had one of their own, but neither team could pot the go-ahead goal as the sides went into the second intermission knotted at 1-1.

With Trinity owning a slight, 18-17 edge in shots on goal, the Bantams posted an 11-8 shot differential in the third period, but Amherst sophomore net-minder Yuna Evans (8-1-2) was equal to the task making 11 of her 29 saves in the final 20-minute stanza. 

In the overtime period, Amherst applied consistent pressure on the Trinity goal, firing six shots on target, but Sydney Belinskas (7-4-1) turned aside each shot to keep the game as a tie. She finished with 30 saves in the contest. 

Herr and Tani finished with five shots on goal each, while Lauren Fitzgerald notched six shots on goal for the Bantams. Toupal blasted a team-best four shots on target, while six other Jeffs added three shots on goal in the stalemate.