AMHERST, MA - Amherst College first-year goaltender Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) was named NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Player of the Week for her role in carrying the Lord Jeffs to their first NESCAC Championship Tournament title.
The rookie net-minder turned away nearly 100 shots on the weekend in two overtime victories to secure the first trip to the NCAA tournament in program history. Saturday afternoon against Bowdoin College, Elek stopped 30 shots in a 3-2 overtime win, including two potential game-winners in the extra period.
Elek was a wall the following day against top-seeded and second-ranked Middlebury College, making an astounding 65 saves in the triple-overtime thriller. She allowed only one goal in nearly 102 minutes of play and knocked aside 29 shots in the first two overtime sessions before the Jeffs could muster a game-winner.
Two conference records were set over the weekend, with Elek's 65 saves against the Panthers marking a new high for saves in a NESCAC tournament game, while her 127 saves in Amherst's three tournament wins set a conference record for saves in a tournament.
Amherst's rookie goaltender ranks second in the conference in goals-against average (1.60) and tops in save percentage (.940). She currently holds a 14-4-3 record while in goal, and has posted four shutouts on the year. Her presence between the pipes will be increasingly important as the Jeffs head down the road towards a national title.
Elek is no stranger to receiving conference honors, as she was named NESCAC Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 1, and received a NESCAC Rookie of the Year nod while earning a spot on the conference's First Team.
The Lord Jeffs begin NCAA Tournament play at Rochester Institute of Technology this weekend.