Photo Courtesy of Diana McNamara
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Finishing the second period in a 1-1 draw, neither side was able to find the back of the net in the final 25 minutes of action as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team battled No. 6/6 Middlebury College to a 1-1 overtime tie Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Arena.
With the tie, Amherst moves to 4-4-2 on the season and to 1-3-2 in league play, while Middlebury moves to 6-2-2 on the year (4-1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 11 when they travel to Saint Anselm for a 5 p.m. non-conference matchup.
Following a scoreless first stanza, Amherst was first to strike, claiming a 1-0 lead 3:02 into the second period. Taking advantage of a power play opportunity following a body checking call against the Panthers, Emma Griese '18 tipped a shot from the top of the left circle by Alex Toupal '18 past the Middlebury netminder to record her first goal tally of the season.
Responding 10 minutes later, Maddie Winslow deadlocked the contest at 1-1 with 7:05 on the clock. Ripping a shot on target from the high slot after gaining space, Amherst goalkeeper Sabrina Dobbins '18 was up to the task and made the initial stop on Jessica Young's wrist shot, however the puck squirted out to a wide open Winslow who tapped the puck into an open net.
Toupal nearly put the Purple & White back on top with 12:45 remaining the in the third period, tipping a pass past the Middlebury defense to earn a short-handed breakaway opportunity, however Lin Han recorded a stellar save.
With time winging down, Winslow made a bid to notch her second goal of the game and the game-winner, but Dobbins stonewalled the attempt to send the game into overtime.
Both sides registered solid scoring opportunity in the extra session, but neither side was able to net the go ahead goal as the matchup concluded in a 1-1 tie.
- In between the pipes, Sabrina Dobbins '18 (2-3-1) recorded 32 saves for the Purple & White, while Lin Han ( 2-1-2) made 24 stops for Middlebury.
- The Panthers owned a 33-25 edge in shots on goal in the matchup.
- Converting on their sole power play opportunity of the contest, Amherst finished a perfect 1-for-1 up a skater, while Middlebury went 0-for-3.