Salmon Lifts Women's Hockey to 2-1 OT Win Over #8 Wisconsin-River Falls

Salmon Courtesy of Wisconsin-River Falls Sports Information

RIVER FALLS, Wis. - First-year forward Tori Salmon (Batavia, N.Y.) netted a power play goal 3:35 into overtime to give the seventh-ranked Amherst women's ice hockey team a 2-1 victory over #8 Wisconsin-River Falls at Hunt Arena. 

With the win, the Lord Jeffs improved to 11-3-0 overall, while the Falcons fell to 12-3-1 on the season. 

After getting outshot 14-10 in the first period, Amherst held a 19-11 shot advantage over the final three frames, including a 6-1 edge during the extra session. Senior goaltender Sinead Murphy (Rochester, Minn.) made 24 saves to improve to 6-2-0 on the year, while Melissa Deardorff '12 made 27 stops to fall to 7-3-0.

Hoping to get off to a fast start, UWRF took a 1-0 lead with just 1:36 to play in the first period on sophomore Katie Batters' team-high tenth goal of the year. Classmate Darion Bruyere '14 started the play with a pass to Brook Story '14 in the slot. Murphy stopped Story's initial shot, but could not control the rebound, allowing Batters to open scoring at 18:24. 

Still trailing in the second period, Amherst tied the game with a goal at 12:17, when Megan Doyen '13 (Ortonville, Mich.) stepped out from behind the Falcon goal and beat Deardorff through the five hole. Kaitlyn McInnis '13 (Franklin, Mass.) picked up an assist on Doyen's third goal of the year, as the Jeffs finished the frame with a 9-6 shot advantage.

Hoping to break the deadlock during the second half of the third period, UWRF tried to take advantage of three Amherst minor penalties over the final 6:30, but the Lord Jeff penalty killing unit, which entered the game ranked second in the NESCAC, held steady to keep the visitors level at the end of regulation.

Looking to set the tone during the extra session, an aggressive Amherst side drew a pair of penalties at 1:40 and 3:04 to create a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. Tracking down a rebound to the left of the Falcon goal, Salmon snuck the game-winner past Deardorff at 3:35, sealing the victory with her third goal of the season. 

Emily Vitale '12 (Chesire, Conn.) and Erin Babineau '12 (St. Paul, Minn.) were each credited with an assist on Salmon's go-ahead goal, as the Jeffs finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while holding UWRF to an 0-for-6 clip with the man-up advantage.

Amherst returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 19 against St. Thomas.