December 8, 2008

The Middlebury College women's hockey team remained unbeaten on the season as they earned a 1-1 tie with Connecticut College in the team's home-opener in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers outshot the Camels 50-11 on the night, but were able to get just one shot past Lauren Mellen, who made 49 saves on the night.

Middlebury controlled the first period, holding a 17-6 shots advantage, but saw few quality scoring opportunities.

Connecticut College had a good chance early in the second, but Erin Davey's shot hit the post after Middlebury junior goaltender Lani Wright (Reading, Mass.) got a piece of it.

The Panthers broke through later in the period with a five-on-three goal at the 10:43 mark. Senior Molly Vitt (Kenilworth, Ill.) fed the puck to the point to senior Annmarie Cellino (W. Seneca, N.Y.), who quickly found rookie Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, Colo.) down low for the one-timer.

Middlebury had a great chance early in the third, but sophomore Nora Bergman's (Concord, Mass.) shot hit the far post. Despite being outshot by a sizeable margin, Connecticut College kept coming, eventually tying the game with 2:45 left to play in the third. Erin Davey's shot from the high slot was saved by Wright, before Celia Medeiros poked in the loose puck for the equalizer. The third period ended with Middlebury holding a 42-11 shots advantage as the contest went into overtime.

The Panthers outshot the Camels 8-0 in the overtime, including 50 seconds of power play hockey, but could not pick up the win.

Middlebury suffered its first loss of the season as they fell 3-0 to fourth-ranked Amherst in the Kenyon Arena. The Panthers fall to 4-1-2 on the year, while the Jeffs improve to 5-0. Middlebury is now off until January 3rd, when they host Elmira at 7:00 p.m. The shutout is the first suffered by the Panthers at home since a 1-0 loss to Bowdoin in the season-opener on November 21st of '03.

Amherst threatened early as Tarasai Karega just missed the net on a breakaway attempt. The Jeffs broke through at 8:35 with a power play goal as Kate Dennett poked in a rebound after a bouncing puck had settled. The Panthers had a solid opportunity on their second power play of the game, but rookie Grace Waters' (Snyder, N.Y.) shot hit the post. The Jeffs took a 2-0 lead at 15:24, as Stephanie Clegg scored on a rebound after an initial shot was saved by sophomore Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.).

Both teams had some chances in the second period, but the Panthers were unable to solve Caroline Hu, despite an 11-3 shots advantage in the period.

Amherst gained some breathing room early in the third period when Dennett netted her second of the game after a scramble in front. That would be the game's final goal as Middlebury ended the game with a 26-14 shots advantage.

Hu made 26 stops in goal to earn the shutout, while Bloom made 11 saves for the Panthers.
. Women's hockey record: 4-1-2
. Up next: 1/3 vs. Elmira - 7:00