January 14, 2013

The Middlebury College women’s hockey team saw Amherst’s Erin Martin score with an extra attacker with just 31 seconds left to earn a 1-1 tie at Middlebury in game one of a two-game NESCAC series.

Middlebury controlled much of the play in the first period, with several scoring opportunities and a 15-4 shots advantage. Sophomore Katie Sullivan (Bethesda, Md.) was denied breaking in after a turnover at 7:11, while Amherst netminder Kerri Stuart denied both rookie Anna Van Kula (Radnor, Pa.) and sophomore Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.) at the 12:28 mark.

Amherst’s best chance in the second period was a shorthanded breakaway by Tori Salmon that went high as sophomore Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) got a piece of the shot.

The Jeffs came on strong in the third with a 10-5 shots advantage, but it was the Panthers who took a 1-0 lead just 1:04 into the session. Sophomore Emily Fluke (Sandwich, Mass.) found Bielawski on the left side, with her shot being stopped by Stuart. Sullivan was there for the rebound and quickly found the back of the net for her second of the year.

The Panthers held the lead until late in the game, when Salmon centered a pass to Martin for a quick shot from the slot to tie the game at 1-1 with just 31 seconds remaining. The goal was Martin’s fifth of the season.

Amherst’s best chance in overtime came in the opening seconds, but Jones denied Geneva Lloyd after a nice feed from Emily Flom.

Jones finished the game with 24 saves, while Stuart earned 29.

Middlebury led 5-0 before coming away with a 5-2 win over Amherst on Saturday in Kenyon Arena. The fourth-ranked Panthers are now unbeaten in its last eight games (6-0-2).

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 8:17 into the first period with a power play goal. Senior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.J.) earned the tally down low, after a shot from junior Sara Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.) made its way off the stick of senior Maggie Woodward (Dover, N.H.). Greer notched her second of the period at the 15:22 mark, stuffing in a shot after a shot from Ugalde had been saved. Sullivan made it a 3-0 game at 16:49 with a power play goal, redirecting a shot from senior Madison Styrbicki (Edina, Minn.).

Strybricki was the only goal scorer in the second period, finding the back of the net at 8:46 for her first of the season. The Panthers scored their final goal of the game in a five-on-three situation at the 11:45 mark of the third period. Senior Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) earned her third of the year, scoring from the point after her shot deflected off an Amherst defender.

Amherst scored twice in the final five minutes of the game to break-up the shutout. Emily Flom netted her third of the season at the 15:12 mark, while Megan Doyen scored the game’s final goal just 56 seconds later.

Middlebury outshot its opponent 35-28 on the afternoon, with Jones making 26 saves in goal to earn the win. Kasia Henley made seven first period saves for Amherst, before giving way to Kerri Stuart, who finished with 23 saves.

• Women’s hockey record: 9-1-2

• Up next: 1/18 @ Bowdoin – 7:00, 1/19 @ Bowdoin – 3:00