Women's Ice Hockey Edged by No. 6/6 Middlebury, 3-1

Women's Ice Hockey Edged by No. 6/6 Middlebury, 3-1

Photo Courtesy of Diana McNamara/Parts of this Release Courtesy of Middlebury Athletic Communications

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Purple & White struck first and owned a 27-20 edge in shots on goal, however the Amherst College women's ice hockey team fell to No. 6/6 Middlebury College, 3-1 Friday evening at Kenyon Arena.

With the loss, Amherst fall to 4-4-1 on the season and to 1-3-1 in league play, with Middlebury improves to 6-2-1 on the year (4-1-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 7 when they take on Middlebury at 3 p.m.

Each team struck on the power play in the opening period with Amherst getting on the scoreboard first.

Katie Savage '19 slid in her own rebound from the top of the crease with 8:17 on the clock. The hosts countered late in the period on a nice passing play. Elizabeth Wulf won the puck in the corner and shuffled a pass to Jessica Young, who skated to the top of the right circle. Young set up Winslow for a one-timer below the left face-off dot for her third tally of the season. The goal came with 1:19 on the clock and sent the teams into the first intermission deadlocked at 1-1.

The score remained tied throughout the second period, with each team coming up empty on a power play. The Purple & White had a good chance in the closing seconds when Caitlyn Ryan '17 gathered a loose puck on the doorstep, but Julia Neuburger denied her bid from point-blank range to keep the score tied.

Middlebury netted the eventual game winner with 7:11 left in the final stanza when Janka Hlinka forced a turnover at the Amherst blue line and fired a cross-ice pass to Winslow. Winslow quickly sent the puck back right circle to Young, who one-timed the pass into the back of the Amherst goal for her team-leading fifth tally of the year.

The guests nearly tied the game with a two-on-one rush in the final minute, but Neuburger made a nice pad save on shot from the left wing by Alex Toupal '18, preserving the lead.

The Panthers added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left when Winslow potted her second of the game and fourth of the year after Jenna Marotta chipped the puck out of the defensive zone.  

GAME NOTES
  • Bailey Plaman (2-1-1) recorded 17 saves in goal for Amherst in the losing effort, while Julia Neuburger (4-1-0) made 26 stops for the Panthers in the win.
  • Amherst owned a 27-20 edge in shot differential in the matchup, including a 9-4 advantage in the opening period.
  • Both sides saw success on the power play, with the Purple & White finishing 1-for-3 and Middlebury going 1-for-2 up a skater.