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Women's ice hockey drops season opener

The Hamilton College Continentals (0-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC) opened their season with a 4-3 loss against the Amherst College Lord Jeffs in a NESCAC game at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.

Box score

The Lord Jeffs (1-0-0, 1-0-0) trailed 2-1 after two periods but scored three goals in the third, including the game-winner with 2:46 left.

Courtney Baranek ’14 led Amherst with three points, assisting on the Lord Jeffs’ first two goals of the third period and then notching the game-winning goal. Hamilton’s Gigi Fraser ’14 matched a career high with three points and collected her first multi-goal game.

The Continentals took a 2-1 lead on second-period goals by Fraser and Sara Taffe ’17 before Amherst used consecutive goals to go up 3-2 midway through the third period. Fraser’s second goal knotted the score at 3-3 before the Lord Jeffs went ahead for good on a power-play goal.

Baranek scored the game-winner 1:14 into the Lord Jeffs’ fifth power-play opportunity. Erin Martin ’16 and Alison Ahn ’17 assisted on Baranek’s goal.

Martin put the Lord Jeffs up 1-0 with 6:45 left in the opening period. Hamilton scored the only two goals of the second period, with Fraser contributing on both scores. She converted a pass from Teal Gosselin ’17 at 3:18 to tie the game then assisted on Taffe’s goal 11 minutes later for the Continentals' first lead. Naomi Woolfenden ’16 also assisted on Taffe’s score.

Third-period goals by Hayley Opperman ’14 and Lynndy Smith ’17 put Amherst back on top. Midway through the period, Taffe fed Fraser from in front of her own bench and Fraser’s redirect beat Amherst goalkeeper Kerri Stuart ’14. Baranek’s power-play game winner came after Hamilton had killed the Lord Jeffs’ first four power-play opportunities and allowed just three shots in those chances. Taffe and Gosselin both collected their first collegiate point.

Stuart stopped 19 shots, including eight in the third period and one with 30 seconds left that preserved Amherst’s lead while the Continentals were on a power play and had pulled goaltender Tori Bogen ’14 for an extra skater. Bogen finished with 19 saves.

The two teams conclude their weekend series Saturday with a 7 p.m. game at Amherst.

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