AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 6/5 Amherst College women's hockey team used a goal each from Katelyn Pantera '19 and Sara Culhane '17 to help lift the Purple & White to a 2-2 overtime time with No. 8/8 Middlebury College at Orr Rink on Friday evening.
Middlebury (5-2-2, 3-0-2)
Amherst (8-0-1, 4-0-1)
- After a scoreless first stanza, Middlebury was quick out of the gate in the second period as Maddie Winslow found good positioning on the right side of the net and buried a rebound to score her team high fourth goal of the season in the 24th minute of play.
- Amherst responded less than three minutes later. Playing four on four, Pantera buried the tying goal after precise passing found her open on the back door of the net. First-year Katie Savage was credited with the assist on the play.
- Scoring her second goal of the season, Culhane gave Amherst a 2-1 lead with less than ten minutes to play in the third. After an intercepted pass led to an odd-man rush, Alex Toupal '18 executed a textbook three-on-one play, faking the shot and drawing the defender to her before sending the cross ice pass to Culhane.
- With 3:02 left in regulation, Allie Aiello played hero for the Panthers. Positioning herself in front of the net, Aeillo tipped the shot from Haley LaFontaine past the Amherst net minder to tie the game a two apiece.
- Brenna Sullivan '18 set up Amherst's final opportunity of regulation, stickhandling past a Panther defender and sending a pass towards Emma Griese '18, however the puck was just tipped away.
- Neither team was able to secure the win in the overtime period despite a combined seven shots being taken in the five-minute frame.
- Middlebury held a 30-22 advantage in shots on goal in the outing.
- Sabrina Dobbins finished the matchup with 28 saves, including 11 in the second period, while Panther net minder Julia Neuburger collected 20 saves in the outing.
- Middlebury and Amherst face off again tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 8 at Orr Rink beginning at 3 p.m.