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Jordan Cross Propels Women’s Ice Hockey to 2-1 Triumph Over Amherst

Jordan Cross

AMHERST, Mass. – Senior Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) continued her strng start by factoring into a pair of goals to help propel the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team a 2-1 road triumph over Amherst on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.

Cross, who scored one of the team's two goals in yesterday's season opener, put the Camels on the board at the 8:48 mark of the second period. Racing down the ice in a 2-on-2 situation, the senior redirected a feed from junior Kyla Floresca (West Memphis, Ark.) to give the visitors an advantage they would never relinquish.

Amherst (0-1-1, NESCAC 0-1-1) nearly tied the game before the end of the period when the puck took a Mammoth bounce off the boards, but Camel netminder Carly Denora (Verona, N.J.) stopped a shot taken by Katelyn Pantera from point-blank range to keep the hosts off the board.

In the second period, the Camels doubled their lead by capitalizing on a strong forecheck with 12:20 remaining. Cross stole the puck away and found sophomore Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.), who added insurance when she one-timed a pass from the senior which made its way to the back of the net. Denora came through again by making three saves in nine seconds with less than seven minutes left, and the visitors headed to the second intermission with a 2-0 lead.

Angelina Wiater sliced the margin in half by scoring her first collegiate marker during a power play at the 8:13 mark of the third period, but the Camels held their ground for the remainder of the contest. Amherst's attempt to pull its goalie to give itself a better chance to net the equalizer came up short, and the visitors hung on for the 2-1 win to finish the weekend undefeated.

Denora earned her first win as a collegian by turning away 24 shots for Connecticut College. Anna Kruesel, meanwhile, made 21 saves for Amherst in the loss.

Connecticut College (1-0-1, NESCAC 1-0-1) will host Castleton for its home opener on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.