Goalie Battle Ends in Draw as No. 10 Amherst Ties Colby, 0-0 (OT)

Goalie Battle Ends in Draw as No. 10 Amherst Ties Colby, 0-0 (OT)

AMHERST, Mass. – Stellar goalkeeping was on display Friday evening at Orr Rink as Bailey Plaman '18 and Cierra San Roman each recorded several highlight reel stops to spotlight a 0-0 overtime tie between the No. 10 Amherst College women's ice hockey team and Colby College.

With the draw, Amherst moves to 8-5-2 on the season and to 4-3-2 in league action, while Colby moves to 4-6-4 overall (1-4-4 NESCAC). The two sides hit the ice for a rematch at Orr Rink tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.

Tess Dupre made an early bid to find the back of the net three minutes into the tilt as she looked to capitalize on an unexpected bounce off the boards, however Plaman held tight to the post to turn away back-to-back attempts.

Showing off her talents in between the pipes for Colby with 10:50 to play in the first period, Cierra San Roman responded with two impressive stops of her own, getting her stick on an attempt by Alex Toupal '18 from the bottom of the left circle before kicking away Kaitlin Hoang's '21 one-timer on the rebound.

The goalie battle continued in the second period, with the two keepers exchanging impressive saves on shots from point-blank range.

At the 9:42 mark, San Roman stood strong on a slap shot through traffic by Kristen Molina '18 before sliding across the crease and deflecting Jamie McNamara's attempt on the rebound from the far post, while Plaman answered by stonewalling Lauren Klein's shot from the low slot with three minutes remaining following a stick-to-stick cross-ice pass.

The Mammoths owned a 15-8 edge in shot differential in the third period, however neither side was able to find nylon as the game moved into overtime.

Each team earned a solid scoring chance in the overtime period, but once again the keepers were up to the tasks. San Roman thwarted Toupal's attempt after the forward deked around a defender to earn a clean shot at the 2:41 mark, while Plaman came up with a clutch save for Amherst at the 1:21 mark as she rebuffed Dupre's attempt on a breakaway.  

GAME NOTES

  • In net, Plaman (6-4-2) registered 28 saves in the draw for Amherst, while San Roman (2-5-4) racked up 47 stops for the Mules.
  • The Mammoths owned a 47-28 advantage in shot differential.
  • Neither team converted on the power play, with Amherst finishing 0-for-4 and Colby going 0-for-3.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Tomorrow's contest marks Amherst women's ice hockey's sixth annual Pink in the Rink game featuring a chuck-a-duck contest, bake sale and raffle. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Connection of Northampton, Mass. If you are unable to make it to the rink, online donations came be made via https://venmo.com/Katie-Zimmerman-26 or you can search "AWH Pink in the Rink" on your Venmo account!