AMHERST, Mass. – Three different Purple & White skaters found the back of the net as the No. 6/5 Amherst women's hockey team skated to a 3-3 overtime tie on Saturday afternoon in NESCAC action.
Middlebury (5-2-3, 3-0-3)
Amherst (8-0-2, 4-0-2)
- Sabrina Dobbins '17 made 28 saves in a fast paced back-and-forth game highlighted by terrific goalkeeping, while Panther net minder Julia Neuburger finished the matchup with 28.
- Jessica Young gave Middlebury a 1-0 lead after a scoreless first stanza, intercepting a pass from an Amherst defender in the offensive zone with 6:57 to play in the second period and sending a shot into the top right corner of the net from point blank range.
- One minute and 20 seconds later, first-year Jocelyn Hunyadi returned the favor. Positioning herself in front of the net Hunyadi tipped Caitlyn Ryan's '17 power-play shot up and over Neuburger to even the contest at one apiece.
- Four goals were scored between the sides in the third period, with Amherst scoring two goals in the first nine minutes of play and the Panthers scoring twice during the final eight minutes.
- In a highlight reel play, Erin Martin '16 made it a 2-1 contest 4:50 into the third period. Winning a faceoff in her defensive end, Martin gathered the puck, skated the full length of the ice, and sent a shot over the shoulder of the Panther goalkeeper.
- Emma Griese '18 gave Amherst a two-goal lead just over four minutes later. Earning an odd-man rush, Amherst's Katelyn Pantera '18 sent a saucer pass to Greise who was able to rifle a shot top-shelf into the netting.
- Undeterred by the scoreboard, Victoria Laven began Middlebury's comeback with 7:41 remaining in regulation, tipping Kelly Sherman's shot past Dobbins.
- On the power play with 2:46 to play, Middlebury showed great poise, working the puck around the offensive zone before Jessica Young was able to earn enough space to send a shot towards net. In the right place at the right time, Elizabeth Wulf got her stick on the shot, deflecting it into the netting to tie the game at three.
- Despite the Panthers putting six shots on frame in the overtime period and seven total shots being taken between the sides, neither team was able to secure the victory.
- Middlebury held a slight 29-28 advantage in shots in the matchup.
- Middlebury returns to action on take on Jan. 12 when they play No. 1/1 Plattsburgh State at 7 p.m.
- Amherst travels to Elmira, N.Y. to take on No. 2/2 Elmira College on Tuesday, Jan. 12 beginning at 7 p.m.