AMHERST, Mass. – A thrilling third period saw each side net a score in the final 12 minutes as the No. 10 Amherst College women's ice hockey team played No. 7 Middlebury to a 1-1 overtime draw Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the draw, Amherst moves to 5-5-1 on the season and to 2-3-1 in league play, while Middlebury moves to 5-3-1 overall (4-1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 9 when they host Southern Maine in a non-conference battle beginning at 3 p.m.
Threatening with 10:50 on the clock in the second stanza, Miriam Eickhoff '19 had a solid scoring chance for the Mammoths, skating the length of the ice before sending back-to-back shots on target. Julia Neuburger proved up to the task however, making an athletic kick save on Eickhoff's follow up attempt to keep the game scoreless.
Responding less than a minute later, Jenna Marotta earned an opportunity for the visitors as she sent a one-timer from the high slot on frame, however the shot rang off the right post.
The two sides traded breakaways to close out the second, with Bailey Plaman '18 turning away Haley LaFontaine with pad stop at the 4:38 mark and Alex Toupal '18 sending her uncontested opportunity 18 seconds later inches wide of the goal.
Claiming a 1-0 lead with 11:55 remaining in regulation, Elizabeth Wulf found netting on a dish from Sidney Portner. Gathering the pass in the high slot, Wulf ripped a wrist shot from point blank range into the bottom left hand corner.
Battling back with 5:43 on the clock, Flynn netted her third score of the season to tie the matchup at 1-1. Positioned at he right hash, Flynn redirecting a pass from Toupal in the near corner over the glove of Neuburger.
Both teams went on to secure scoring chances in the five minute overtime period, but neither side was able to clinch the game-winner as the tilt ended in a 1-1 draw.
- In goal, both Plaman (4-4-1) and Neuburger (0-0-1) racked up 24 stops in the tie.
- The Mammoths and the Panthers each put 25 shots on target, while Amherst finished 0-for-1 on the power play and Middlebury went 0-for-3 up a skater.