Salmon Lifts Jeffs Past Camels in OT, 3-2

Salmon6 Contact: Matthew Hart

AMHERST, Mass. – Tori Salmon '15 scored on a breakaway 56 seconds into overtime, breaking a 2-2 tie and lifting the Amherst College women's hockey team to a thrilling win over Connecticut College Sunday at Orr Rink.

Erin Martin '16 and Madeline Tank '15 also scored for Amherst as the Jeffs (8-7-1, 6-3-1 NESCAC) snapped a three-game losing streak, turning the tables after the Camels (9-8-1, 5-6-1 NESCAC) posted a 1-0 shutout in the series opener Saturday night.

In a dramatic final five minutes, Tank broke a long 1-1 deadlock, finishing off a powerful rip from the point by Geneva Lloyd '13. But Olivia Farrell '14 rescued the Camels with under 90 seconds left, tying it at two and forcing overtime after the visitors had pulled goalie Kelsie Fralick '15 for an extra skater.

Amherst finished with a 34-20 shot advantage as the Jeffs finally solved Fralick a night after the Camel sophomore shut out the hosts with 37 saves. 

With Amherst unable to score in the first period despite a 10-1 shot advantage, Conn. College capitalized on the missed Jeff opportunities 29 seconds into the second as just the second Camel shot on net got past Amherst goalie Kerri Stuart '14. Winning a scrum in front of the crease, Courtney Dumont '14 struck for the second time in as many days with Julia Rodricks '15 and Molly Murphy '13 earning assists.

Going on the power play shortly after the goal, Amherst came up empty with the advantage but kept up the pressure and finally beat Fralick just over four minutes into the period after the visitors returned to even strength. Finding space at the left point, Avery Stone '14 sent one toward the net and Martin collected for the mid-range finish as Eileen Harris '16 joined Stone in the assist column on the rookie's sixth of the year.

With the 1-1 deadlock lasting for over 30 minutes of play, it was Lloyd and Tank who finally picked up the hosts as the senior blasted a trademark slapshot from the point and Tank redirected it home from the right post. Salmon added an assist as the Jeffs grabbed a 2-1 advantage with just 4:01 remaining.

The lead wouldn't stand, however, as the Camels pulled Fralick after a timeout with 1:30 to play and Farrell evened the score, collecting a cross-ice pass and finishing into the unguarded right side of the Amherst net.

With Martin and Sam Schoeneberger '13 earning matching penalties in the final seconds of regulation, the battle went to overtime with only three skaters beginning for each side. Less than a minute into the frame, Salmon delivered the decisive tally, winning a fight for possession after a pass from Lloyd and slicing in for the breakaway finish as she crossed the net and beat Fralick into the top left corner.

Stuart finished with 18 saves for Amherst while Fralick stopped 31 shots on another busy day.

Amherst will stay home next weekend, hosting rival Williams College for two games starting with a 7 p.m. tilt on Friday, Feb. 1.