MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Sixty-five minutes was not enough to decided a winner in the conference clash, as the Amherst College women's hockey team and No. 6/7 Middlebury College skated to a 1-1 overtime tie Friday evening at Kenyon Arena.
With the draw, Amherst moves to 4-4-2 on the season and to 1-2-2 in league play, while Middlebury moves to 4-1-3 overall (3-0-2 NESCAC). Amherst and Middlebury return to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 5 when they wrap up the two-game series with a 3 p.m. battle.
Taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, senior Jocelyn Hunyadi capitalized on a Panther hooking penalty at the 16:13 mark to net her fourth goal of the year. Controlling the puck on the right boards, Hunyadi powered a wrist shot from the top of the circle through traffic and over the blocker of the Middlebury keeper. Angelina Wiater '22 and Kaitlin Hoang '21 were credited with the assists on the play.
Returning the favor 1:32 into the second stanza, Katie Hargrave registered a power play goal for the Panthers to deadlock the contest at 1-1. Racing into the zone on a 3-v-2, Anna Zumwinkle's slap shot from the top of the right circle was met with a kick save, however the rebound made its way to Hargrave on the far side for the put-back score. The goal was the first Amherst has given up on the power play this season.
After a scoreless third period, each side earned a solid scoring chance in overtime in a bid to clinch the victory, however Middlebury's Jenna Letterie saw her attempt thwarted by a glove save 2:45 in, before a bid by Jamie McNamara '19 was met with an athletic save by the Panther keeper.
In between the pipes, Caitlin Walker '22 (2-2-2) made 29 saves for Amherst in the draw, while Lin Han (3-0-2) registered 22 stops for the Panthers.
Middlebury owned a 30-23 edge in shots on target and finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Mammoths went 1-for-5 up a skater.