Women's hockey fights hard in 2-1 loss to Amherst

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 5, 2013
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Megan Fortier (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's hockey team bounced back from a tough night on Friday against Amherst College in taking the Lord Jeffs right down to the final seconds of the game in a 2-1 setback at Alfond Rink on Saturday.

Amherst (7-4 overall, 5-1 NESCAC) coasted to an easy 10-1 win over the Mules (4-7, 0-6 NESCAC) on Friday night. The Mules had a 30-20 shot advantage Saturday and nearly tied the game with two good opportunities in the closing seconds.

Amherst goaltender Kerri Stuart stopped 29 shots and came within 2:04 of earning the shutout. 

After two scoreless periods of play, the Lord Jeffs struck first on a power play goal at 2:56 of the final period. Ashley Salerno picked up the assist on the goal when her shot from between the circles was tipped in by Megan Doyen.

Doyen then had an assist on Amherst's second goal when her shot was saved by Colby goalie Brianne Wheeler, but a big rebound came out to Tori Salmon. She scored her third of the season when her shot eluded a diving Wheeler.

Colby forced a turnover on the left side and Annie Papadellis had a perfect centering pass to Megan Fortier, who was skating hard to the goal. Fortier ripped a low shot to the right corner with just 2:04 left in the game.

After both teams took a timeout with 9.7 seconds left, the Mules won two straight face-offs and had good chances to tie the game. 

Wheeler finished with 18 saves for the Mules.

Amherst 2, Colby 1
Amherst  0#0#2---2
Colby  0#0#1---1
3rd period
A: Megan Doyen (Ashley Salerno), 2:56
A: Tori Salmon (Megan Doyen), 13:41
C: Megan Fortier (Annie Papadellis), 17:56
 Shots: Amherst 20, Colby 30. Power play: Amherst 1-3, Colby 0-3. Penalties/Minutes: Amherst 3-6, Colby 3-6. Goalies: Kerri Stuart (Amherst, 60:00, 1 GA, 29 saves); Brianne Wheeler (Colby, 59:51, 2 GA, 18 saves).

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