MIDDLEBURY, VT – Elmira scored five third-period goals on its way to a 6-1 victory against Amherst on day two of the Panther/Cardinal Classic in Kenyon Arena. The fourth-ranked Soaring Eagles improve to 8-1-1 overall, while the eighth-ranked Jeffs move to 1-3.
Following a scoreless first period, Elmira had a couple of scoring opportunities in the second. Samantha Curk made a backhand pass to Amber Tirri in the slot, but the shot was denied by Kerri Stuart.
Midway through the period, Ashton Hogan had her shot stopped by Stuart before she batted the rebound out of the air and off the post. The Soaring Eagles broke through at the 17:38 mark, taking a 1-0 lead. Tanis Lamoureaux sent a puck to the left point where Ella Stewart shot the puck into the top left corner of the net.
Five minutes into the third period, Elmira made it a 2-0 game, when Phoebe Piku passed it out to Tirri who turned and shot the puck just sliding under the pad of Stuart.
Amherst answered 36 seconds later, when Tori Salmon scored from the slot after an Elmira turnover in its own end. The Soaring Eagles regained a two-goal lead only 21 seconds later when Brooke Wilgosh scored with a shot from the right point through traffic. The lead grew to 4-1 when Hogan carried the puck through both zones before snapping in a shot off the crossbar from the right wing.
Elmira scored twice during a 15-second span late in the third period to seal the win. Elmira ended the game with a 32-28 shot advantage, with Lisa Marshall making 27 saves to earn the win.