Women's Hockey Skates To 2-2 Tie At Amherst - Clinches Top NESCAC Seed

February 9, 2007

Middlebury out shot Amherst 41-27, but were only able to muster up a 2-2 tie on the road. With the tie, the Panthers have clinched the top seed in the NESCAC and will host the semifinals and finals on March 3rd and 4th in the Kenyon Arena. 

The Jeffs held the Panthers scoreless for the first two periods, but surrendered two goals in the final frame en route to a 2-2 tie.

Amherst struck first just three minutes and 32 seconds into the opening period, as a loose puck bounced to a wide-open Kirsten Forsberg, who composed herself, glanced up at the net and placed a beautiful soft shot high and to Middlebury goaltender Angie Todd's right side, giving the Jeffs an early 1-0 lead. The Jeffs managed to take their 1-0 lead into the first intermission despite being out-shot by the Panthers 12-5.

Amherst began the second period in similar fashion to the first, as the Jeffs put another tally on the scoreboard less than four minutes into the frame. After a crowd formed in front of the Middlebury net and neither team was able to gain control of the puck, McGann got off an unbalanced shot that found its way to the back of the net, giving Amherst a 2-0 lead.

The visitors spread their offense and set up a shot from Abby Kurtz-Phelan, who put her team on the board just 28 seconds into the third period with a power play goal. Another Amherst penalty kept the advantage at five-on-three, and the Panthers once again capitalized with another goal after spreading out their offense. Shannon Tarrant tied the game at 2-2 just 22 seconds later, with Kurtz-Phelan picking up the assist. Middlebury still had 1:50 remaining on a power play, but was unable to take advantage. That would be the game's final goal, with a scoreless overtime to follow. Todd ended the game with 25 saves for the Panthers.