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Overtime Win For Connecticut College Hockey

Women's team defeats Neumann; men fall to Amherst

Connecticut College picked up an overtime win against Neumann University in women's ice hockey on Saturday, while the men's team lost to Amherst College. The following information was provided by William Tomasian, sports information director at Connecticut College:

Women's Ice Hockey: Conn College 2, Neumann 1

Molly Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.) buried a slap shot from the right point with 2:09 remaining in overtime to lift the Connecticut College women's hockey team to a 2-1 victory against Neumann University at Dayton Arena Sunday.

The Camels complete the two-game sweep of the Knights, improving their record to 11-9-2. Neumann slips to 7-12-2 with the setback.

Sophomore Courtney Dumont (Lewiston, Maine) chipped in with her 11th goal of the season for Connecticut College. Murphy finished with the game-winning goal and an assist. Rookie net-minder Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) stopped 22 shots in the victory for the home team.

Senior forward Diane Peters (Leamington, Ontario) scored her third goal of the season for Neumann. Nicole Alexopoulos (King City, Ontario) assisted on the tally with her team-leading 15th point of the season. Junior net-minder Shannon Donnelly (Orleans, Ontario) was impressive in the loss, finishing with 34 saves for the Knights.

The Camels out-shot the Knights 5-to-0 in the overtime. Olivia Farrell (New York, N.Y.) and Alexa de la Guardia (Flower Mound, Tex.) set up the game-winner with their work to possess the puck near the boards and Murphy unloaded from the point for her second game-winning score this year.

In the third period, Neumann had a golden opportunity to take the lead with a power play at the 7:24 mark. Jennie Greenlee (Burlington, Ontario) blasted one from the left circle but Fralick was able to make the stick save. Later on with 6:32 to go, Amanda Simpson (Anaheim, Calif.) broke free on the left side for a shot from point blank range but Fralick was able to thwart the scoring bid.

Jillian Dolliff (Excelsior, Minn.) mounted two scoring bids for the Camels in a third period that saw the Camels hold a 15-to-7 advantage in shots. With 7:05 remaining in the third Dolliff blasted one from the right circle that was saved by Donnelly. With 50 seconds remaining in regulation, Dolliff tried to go upstairs with a nifty looking wrist shot but Donnelly elevated and made the stick save to keep the game tied.

Dumont supplied the equalizer when she lifted a wrist shot into the upper half of the netting with 10:48 remaining in the middle period. It was Dumont's fourth goal in the past two games and team-leading 11th marker of the season. Amelia Dineen (Arlington, Mass.) and Murphy assisted on the game-tying score.

Less than a minute later, Ariel DiPasquale (Whitestone, N.Y.) nearly put the Camels on top but her shot from the slot was saved by Donnelly.

Fralick kept the game tied with some stout stick-work of her own in the Camel goal. With 8:05 remaining in the second, Fralick denied Edie Brenning (Greely, Ontario) on her shot from close range. Later on with 6:25 to play, Kayla Dubowski (Emeryville, Ontario) tried to sneak a low shot by Fralick, but the rookie net-minder was able to move laterally to her right side for the critical stop.

The Camels out-shot Neumann 9-to-5 in the opening period of play. With 13:13 to play in the opening period, Dumont went to her backhand for a shot from the slot but Donnelly was able to come up with the save. Later on in the first, Jen Morgan (Orange, Conn.) made a nice bid for a shot with a blast from the high slot but Donnelly was able to make the stop.

Dubowski unloaded with a shot from the right point with 10 minutes left on a Neumann power play but Fralick was able to corral the puck for one of her five saves in the opening period of action.

Men's Ice Hockey: Amherst 5, Conn College 2

The fourth-ranked Amherst College men's hockey team celebrated Senior Day by wrapping up a dominant weekend with a 5-2 win over Connecticut College Sunday afternoon at Orr Rink.

Amherst (18-3-1, 15-1-0 NESCAC) increased its overall win streak to six and has now won 10 consecutive conference games, while the Camels dropped to 6-13-3 overall and 4-10-2 in the NESCAC.

The Camels erupted for eight goals Saturday night against Hamilton, but Nathan Corey '13 and the Amherst defense kept them scoreless for the first 49:34. Andrew Kurlandski '14 and Mike Baran '12 each finished with a goal and an assist for the Jeffs, who scored the game's first four goals and held off a late push from the visitors.

As the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship, Amherst is playing some of its best hockey of the season. The Jeffs are outscoring opponents by a 30-5 margin during their current win streak, having posted three shutouts during that stretch.

Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Mike Moher '13 put the Jeffs on the board 9:32 into the opening period, marking the third consecutive game in which he has scored a goal. Moher's goal came toward the end of a power play, as the Jeffs were 2-for-3 on extra-man opportunities on the day.

The Jeffs scored three times n the second period, beginning with Kurlandski making it a 2-0 game at 7:19. Amherst came away with the puck after a scramble in the neutral zone and found an open Kurlandski, who lifted a wrister from the left circle and beat Mike Petchonka high.

Amherst capitalized on a power play 8:08 later for its third goal of the day. A shot from the point was knocked away by Petchonka, but Nick Brunette '13 was there to bat the puck out of mid-air and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

The Jeffs' fourth goal came with only 39.8 seconds remaining in the period, as first-year Andrew Fenwick stormed in from the left and beat Petchonka with a high wrist shot for his first collegiate point.

The Camels got on the board 9:35 into the third period when sophomore forward Kevin Kelly recorded his first goal of the season. Kelly received the puck from Keith Veronesi at the left circle with his back to the goal, then turned and fired a wrist shot that got by Corey and made it a 4-1 game.

The Camels pulled Petchonka from the goal for an extra attacker and capitalized on the situation when Julien Boutet scored his second goal of the year with 3:21 on the clock. An initial shot was blocked by Corey, but Boutet was there for a back-handed rebound that went between the legs of the Amherst goalie.

The visitors called a timeout with 1:06 remaining in regulation but could not find a third goal, as Baran closed out the scoring with an empty netter that went nearly the entire length of the ice with 42.7 seconds to play.

Corey improved to 5-2-0 by making 15 saves for Amherst, while Petchonka stopped 32 shots and dropped to 3-4-0. Both teams will close out their regular seasons next weekend. The Camels will fight to keep their playoff hopes alive by hosting Colby and Bowdoin, while the Jeffs will travel to take on Middlebury and Williams.

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