MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Neither team was able to break the stalemate in the final 25 minutes of play as the Amherst College women's ice hockey team battled Wesleyan University to a 1-1 overtime draw Saturday afternoon at Spurrier-Snyder Rink.
With the tie, Amherst moves to 11-7-5 on the season and to 5-5-5 in league action, while Wesleyan's overall ledger moves to 7-10-5 (4-8-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 19 when they return to Orr Rink for their regular season finale and Senior Day matchup against Wesleyan beginning at 3 p.m.
Caitlyn Ryan '18 nearly potted the go-ahead score with 4:01 to play in the first period, skating into the offensive end and powering a low wrist shot on target. Allegra Grant came up with the kick save however, and stonewalled Ryan's attempt on the rebound to keep the score at 0-0.
First to strike, Amherst broke through 10:33 into the second period as Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 netted her sixth score of the year to give the Purple & White a 1-0 lead. Catching the Cardinals on a change while on the power play, Alex Toupal '18 raced into the zone on a 2-v-0 and connected with Hunyadi on the far post who redirected the puck over the goal line as she fell to the ice.
Up a skater following Purple & White roughing penalty, Wesleyan knotted the score at 1-1 with 36 seconds remaining in the stanza behind Cici Frattasio team-leading seventh goal of the season. Finding the puck in a scrum behind the goal, Sarah Goss dished a pass to Frattasio at the bottom of the right circle. Getting off a quick snap shot, Frattasio beat the Amherst netminder top shelf, blocker side.
Both teams had solid chances in a back-and-forth third period that saw Amherst own an 11-10 edge in shot differential.
Abigail Rutt tested Sabrina Dobbins '18 with 11:28 to play in regulation, earning a 1-v-1 and ripping a wrist shot on frame from the top of the left circle, but Dobbins proved up to the task and made the clutch glove save.
Holding momentum at the 11:36 mark, Katie Savage '19 almost put the Purple & White back on top as she and Toupal streaked towards goals on a 2-v-1. Drawing the defender to her, Toupal sent a pass to Savage on the left post, however Grant recorded a sprawling save.
With neither the Purple & White nor the Cardinals able to find the back of the net in the extra session, the contested ended in a 1-1 tie.
- In goal, Dobbins (5-4-3) racked up 27 stops for the Purple & White, while Grant (6-7-3) made 38 saves for the Cardinals.
- Amherst owned a 39-28 edge in shots on target, including a 6-3 advantage in the overtime session.
- Both teams saw success on the power play, with Amherst finishing 1-for-5 and Wesleyan going 1-for-3 up a skater.