SAINT PETER, MN – The top-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team started off the 2009 portion of its schedule Friday night with a disappointing 3-0 loss to sixth-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College at Don Roberts Ice Rink. Three players scored for Gustavus, marking the Lord Jeffs' first loss of the season and the Gusties' first-ever win over a top-ranked team.
With the win, Gustavus improved to 7-1-1 overall, while Amherst falls to 6-1-0. The matchup between the Gusties and the Jeffs was the first-ever meeting between the two institutions in women's ice hockey.
First-year forward Mollie Carroll scored the Gusties' first goal on a power play at 16:29 of the first period. Kelsey Johnson and Melissa Mackley were credited with the assists. Danielle Justice made 11 saves including two on breakaways by Amherst.
The second period was all Gustavus as Coach Mike Carroll's squad controlled the puck for virtually the entire period and out-shot the Lord Jeffs 22-2. Amherst's junior goaltender Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) was outstanding as she continually turned away the aggressive attack of the Gusties.
Gustavus scored its lone goal of the middle period at the 18:10 mark as Mari Gunderson converted on a power play. Kelsey Johnson and Jessica Doig were credited with the assists. Seven penalties were whistled in the second period, including four against Amherst and three against Gustavus.
Play evened out in the third period as the Gusties out-shot the Lord Jeffs 6-4. The action was frantic as Gustavus tried to hold on to its 2-0 lead and Amherst battled to get back into the game. The Gusties put the game on ice with an even strength goal by Jenny Pusch at 13:21 of the final frame. Lynn Hillen, who was credited with an assist, led a rush down the ice and ripped a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced across the crease where Pusch jammed it into the net. Kelsey Johnson was also credited with an assist, her third of the game.
Gustavus out-shot Amherst 37-17 in the game. Gusties' netminder Danielle Justice made 17 saves including 11 in the first period, two in the second period, and four in the third period. Elek registered 34 saves, including eight in the first period, 21 in the second and five in the third.
The Gusties were 2-of-5 on the power play, while Amherst was unable to convert on any of its three power play opportunities. The Lord Jeffs were whistled for five two-minute penalties, while the Gusties were whistled for three.
Amherst returns to action Saturday, Jan. 3 for a 5 p.m. (EST) game at Saint Thomas (MN).