AMHERST, Mass. – Neither side was able to record the game-winner after finding the back of the net in the second period, as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team played conference rival Trinity College to a 1-1 tie Saturday evening at Orr Rink.
With the deadlock, Amherst moves to 1-2-1 on the year (1-2-1 NESCAC), while the Bantams move to 1-4-1 overall and to 1-3-1 in league play. Amherst returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 7 when they travel to Norwich University for a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt.
The Purple & White outshot the Bantams 9-3 in a scoreless opening period.
Earning a faceoff on the right side in the offensive zone, Trinity claimed a 1-0 lead 5:15 into the second stanza. Winning the draw and sending the puck towards goal, Tasha Adams connected with Chandler Solimine who beat a defender to the puck a slid a quick shot on the ice into the low left corner of the net.
Amherst nearly evened the score with 13:37 on the clock as Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 and Katelyn Pantera '19 sped into the offensive end on a 2-on-1. Ripping a shot on goal from point-blank range, Hunyadi's attempt deflected off the goalie before Pantera sent the rebound over the goal line, however the referees determined the whistle had blown prior to the score.
Responding just over three minutes later, Sara Culhane '17 tallied her first goal the season at the 8:34 mark to even the contest at 1-1. Trapping the Trinity defense in their defensive one for over a minute, Amherst relentless offense pressure got them on the board following a shot from the left point by Caitlyn Ryan '17. Bantam goalie Jess Thulin made the initial save, but Culhane dove and punched in the rebound before Thulin could smother the puck.
Opening the third period strong, Trinity's Hannah Oganeku logged a solid scoring chance for the Bantams 1:25 into the stanza. Finding the loose puck in the high slot, Oganeku blasted a slap shot on goal through traffic, but Amherst goalkeeper Bailey Plaman '18 got her shoulder on the attempt to turn it away.
The Bantams threatened once again with 16:15 remaining, as Lauren MacMaster gathered the puck at mid-ice and juked around a defender to earn a breakaway. Deking to her backhand, her shot rang off the crossbar.
Both teams sent one shot on target in the overtime period, but the goalkeepers were up to the task as the game concluded in a 1-1 draw.
- In between the pipes, Plaman (0-0-1) registered 15 saves for Amherst, while Thulin (1-2-1) made 26 stops for the Bantams in the tie.
- Amherst owned a 27-16 edge in shot differential in the contest, including a 9-3 advantage in the opening period.
- The Purple & White finished 0-for-7 on the power play, while Trinity went 0-for-3 up a skater.
- With five shots on target, Katie Savage '19 led the Amherst offense, while Miriam Eickhoff '19 added four more shots.