Amherst Battles to 1-1 Overtime Draw with No. 8 Middlebury

Amherst Battles to 1-1 Overtime Draw with No. 8 Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Three first-years contributed to the Mammoths' tying score with 8:29 to go in the contest, however neither side was able notch the game-winner in the final 13 minutes as the Amherst College women's hockey team battled No. 8 Middlebury College to a 1-1 overtime tie Friday evening at Kenyon Arena.

With the draw, Amherst moves to 1-1-1 on the season and to 1-1-1 in conference action, while Middlebury moves to 2-0-1 overall (2-0-1 NESCAC). The sides are right back at it again tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 23 when they wrap up the weekend series with a 3PM bout.

Amherst had the better of the early chances out of the gate, as junior Emma Flynn's rising shot from the top of the left circle forced a stellar save by the Middlebury goalie with 16:50 on the clock and first-year Kate Pohl earned a pair of point-blank range attempts. The Panthers had two good opportunities late in the frame with Mary Thompson being stopped from the top of the crease and Sidney Portner from the left side.

Breaking through with 1:07 on the clock in the second period, Anna Zumwinkle hit nylon seven seconds after an Amherst penalty expired with assists from Sidney Portner and Delanie Goniwiecha to take a 1-0 lead. Gathering a pass at the left point, Zumwinkle quickly sent a low wrist shot towards frame that snuck under the blocker of the Mammoths' keeper who was being screened.

Evening things at one all with 8:29 remaining in regulation, Pohl tallied her second goal of the year to pull the teams back into a deadlock with time ticking down. Dangling around a defender in the high slot to spark the scoring play, Pohl dished a pass down low to Leslie Schwartz '23 whose ensuing pass to the far post deflected off a skate and back to Pohl crashing the net for a one-time score over the glove of the sprawling Panthers' netminder.  Jillian Mazzocca '23 was also credited with a helper on the equalizer.

Making 32 saves, Caitlin Walker '22 (1-1-1) earned the decision for the Mammoths in between the pipes, while Lin Han (1-0-1) registered 23 stops for Middlebury in the draw.

Neither side was able to convert on the power play, with Amherst going 0-for-4 and Middlebury finishing 0-for-3, while the Panthers owned the edge in shots, 33-23.