Women's hockey drops game to fifth-ranked Amherst

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 6, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. --- Brianne Wheeler stopped 34 shots for the Colby College women's hockey team in a 4-0 loss at fifth-ranked Amherst College on Friday night.
 
The Mules fall to 4-6-1 overall, 1-4 in the NESCAC, and will meet Amherst again on Saturday at 3 p.m.
 
Wheeler kept the Mules in the game until the final seven minutes of the contest. Amherst scored two goals in the final 6:16 of the game to pull away.
 
Josie Fisher and Erin Babineau each had a goal and two assists for the Lord Jeffs.
 
Hoping to get the home team off to a fast start, Fisher registered the game's first good scoring chance, skating to the front of the net and testing sophomore Wheeler with a quick shot.

Causing a turnover in the Colby zone with just over 14 minutes remaining in the first, forward Megan Doyen again put a shot on net from point blank range, but Wheeler made a sprawling save on the junior's backhand to keep things scoreless.

Moving into the offensive zone with just under five minutes remaining in the opening period, Babineau threw a shot on net from the right circle. Collecting the loose puck over the outstretched hands of Wheeler, Fisher tucked her sixth goal of the season just inside the left post at 15:05 to stake the Jeffs to a 1-0 advantage.

Outshooting Colby 14-7 in the first 20 minutes, the Lord Jeffs looked to carry their momentum into the second, with Courtney Baranek giving the Lord Jeffs a two-goal edge just 1:58 into the frame.

Looking to respond less than two minutes later, first-year Lauren Guarente slipped behind the Jeff defense for a breakaway, but the charging forward flipped a backhand just wide of the left post.

Still trailing 2-0 with under five to play in the second, first-year Jackie Tavella ripped a hard shot from the point that sophomore Sylvia Xistris redirected in front of the Lord Jeff goal, but Amherst goalie Sinead Murphy quickly reacted to the deflection to preserve the shutout.

Trying to breakthrough halfway through the final period, Colby pushed forward on an odd-man rush, but Murphy turned away a Maddy Borek wrister.

Less than four minutes later Babineau charged into the Colby zone. Coming across the face of the goal, the senior slid a backhanded pass back to the left side to an oncoming Emily Vitale, who tapped home Amherst's third tally.

With less than a minute remaining in regulation, Babineau notched her fifth goal of the year.

 


 
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