Middlebury and Amherst battled to a 1-1 tie in game one of a two-game NESCAC series on Friday night in Kenyon Arena. The sixth-ranked Panthers (4-1-3, 3-0-2) and Mammoths (4-4-2, 1-2-2) return to the ice with a 3:00 p.m. faceoff on Saturday afternoon.
Amherst nearly went on top at the 11:40 mark of the first period, but Kaitlin Hoang's tip of a shot from Miriam Eickhoff on the power play hit the post. The Mammoths got on the board with an extra player at 16:21 when Jocelyn Hunyadi's shot from the right point found its way through traffic and into the top left corner of the net.
Middlebury tied the game with a power-play goal of its own just 1:32 into the second period. Anna Zumwinkle's blast from the left point was saved, before Katie Hargrave converted the rebound for her team-leading fifth goal of the season. The goal was the first Amherst has given up on the power play this season.
Middlebury controlled the third period, holding a 14-4 shots advantage. The team's best chance to score came with 15:00 remaining when Ellie Barney gained some space for a hard wrister, but her shot was denied by a blocker save from Amherst goaltender Caitlin Walker (29 saves). Middlebury's Madie Leidt had a good look minutes later, but her effort was denied as well.
In the overtime period, each squad had one good look at the net. Middlebury's Jenna Letterie saw her bid thwarted by a glove save 2:45 in, before a bid by Amherst's Jamie McNamara was saved by Panther goalie Lin Han (22 saves).
Middlebury held a 30-23 shots advantage in the game, going 1-3 on its power play. Amherst was 1-5 with a player advantage in the contest.