AMHERST, Mass. -- Friday night featured a NESCAC thriller between two top teams in the league as second-ranked Middlebury earned a 2-1 road win at 10th-ranked Amherst at Orr Rink.
Middlebury held off a persistent Amherst attack in the third period to claim the win and improve to 10-1-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the NESCAC, claiming sole possession of first place in the league. With the loss, Amherst is now 8-3-2 on the season and 5-1-1 in league play.
The Panthers took advantage of their power play opportunities on Friday night and with a player advantage late in the first period, Jennifer Krakower zipped one to the back of the net from the front right side of the ice. She was assisted by Carly Watson and Sara Ugalde on the play to claim an early 1-0 lead at the 18:37 mark.
The lead was short-lived however, as Amherst’s leading scorer Tori Salmon snuck one past Middlebury goalie Annabelle Jones for her seventh goal of the year just 19 seconds into the second period.
After 13 minutes of scoreless play, Middlebury took advantage of another power play when Madeline Joyce tacked on the eventual game-winner from Pam Schulman and Katie Mandigo with just over six minutes remaining in the second period.
Amherst held a 34-15 advantage in shots but was 0-4 on power plays while Middlebury went 2-3. Annabelle Jones made 33 saves in net for the Panthers en route to her seventh win on the year, while Stuart posted 13 stops in the losing effort.
No. 1 Plattsburgh State 8, Cortland State 0
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- Shannon Stewart registered a natural hat trick as Plattsburgh State cruised to an 8-0 win against Cortland State in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West Division game Friday night at the Stafford Ice Arena.
The Cardinals finished the night with a lopsided 68-11 advantage in shots on goal. Plattsburgh State went 2-for-4 on the power play while Cortland went 0-for-4.
Ally Ross got the nod between the pipes for the Cardinals, making 11 stops to improve to 2-0-0 and earn his second shutout of the season. Meunier recorded 60 saves in the loss for the Red Dragons.
No. 4 Norwich 5, Plymouth State 1
PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Senior Emily MacKinnon scored a pair of third-period goals Friday evening as Norwich defeated Plymouth State 5-1 in Eastern College Athletic Conference action at Hanaway Rink.
PSU senior goalie Ali Ponte, who made a season-high 46 saves to keep the Panthers in the game. She made at least 14 saves in all three periods and helped PSU kill off three of Norwich's four power plays.
The Cadets remained perfect in conference play (7-0) while improving to 11-3 overall; Plymouth State gave a valiant effort but fell to 3-11 overall and 1-6 in the ECAC East.
No. 6 Wisconsin-River Falls 2, No. 9 St. Scholastica 0
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Kait Mason scored a late game winning goal and Ashley Kuechle recorded her fifth shutout of the season in Wisconsin-River Falls' 2-0 victory against St. Scholastica.
The game was evenly played throughout with both teams struggling to break the tie. The Saints had 11 shots in first period compared to just four by the Falcons with a majority of the Saints shots coming off the only power play opportunity of the period.
With just seven minutes to go the Saints went on the power play and had another opportunity to score when the puck went in front of Kuechle and some players piled up in front of the net but could not get the score. Both teams finished 0-2 on power-play opportunites in the game.
Mason was able to break the tie at 17:28 of the third period for seventh goal of the season off of a pass from Leah Gefroh, who now has five assists on the season. Fellow senior leader Katie Batters helped seal the game up when she scored an empty netter at 19:41 for her 12th goal of the season.
No. 7 Gustavus Adolphus 5, Augsburg 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- Four second-period goals helped the Gustavus Adolphus capture a 5-2 win against Augsburg on Friday night at Ed Saugestad Rink. After taking a 1-0 lead in to the first intermission, the Gusties outscored the Auggies 4-2 in the second period. With the win, Gustavus improved to 9-3-2 overall and 7-0-0 in the MIAC, while Augsburg fell to 5-9-0 overall and 2-5-0 in league play.
Marissa Brandt started the scoring for the Gusties when she scored her first goal of the season at the 4:52 mark.
Allison Eder-Zdechlik scored her 11th goal of the season in the second period to put the Gusties in front by two goals.
Augsburg’s Kayla Fuechtmann momentarily stopped the bleeding with her fifth goal of the season at the 6:37 mark of the second period to cut the lead to one.
Two minutes later, Carolyn Draayer extended Gustavus’s lead to two scores when she netted a power-play goal.
Continuing the flurry of scoring, Emily Reibert chipped in with her fourth goal of the season just one minute later.
The two teams settled down momentarily before Augsburg’s Darby Lindgren scored her sixth goal of the season with 6:57 remaining in the second period, but the Gusties had the last word in the frame, as Riley Viner scored at the 19:31 mark.