November 24, 2008

The Panther women's hockey team capped off a solid weekend at the Panther/Cardinal Classic in Plattsburgh with a 2-2 tie against the host school. The Cardinals won the shoot-out to capture the tournament title, as #3 Middlebury defeated #1 Elmira and tied #2 Plattsburgh on the road this weekend.

Middlebury led 1-0 on a goal from rookie Grace Waters (Snyder, N.Y.) at 15:57 of the first period, with assists from classmate Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, Colo.) and senior Molly Vitt (Kenilworth, Ill.).

Following a scoreless second period, the Cardinals tied the game and took a 2-1 lead in a 20 second span. Danielle Blanchard scored the first goal at 7:54, followed by a tally from Amber Ellis at the 8:14 mark.

Middlebury battled back and tied the game at 12:03 on a goal from sophomore Nora Bergman (Concord, Mass.) assisted by Waters.

The game remained at 2-2 through regulation and overtime, as the Cardinals came away with the tournament title with a 3-2 shoot-out win.

Sophomore Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) made 36 saves in goal for Middlebury, while Danielle Beattie made 19 stops for Plattsburgh.

The previous day, Elmira held a 41-22 shots advantage in the game, but Bloom earned 40 saves to pick up the win 2-1.

Senior Annmarie Cellino (W. Seneca, N.Y.) gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with just 1:53 left in the first period, netting her second goal of the season. Elmira tied the game with a power play goal from Kayla Coady at 16:34, before Vitt scored the game-winner on a power play 4:10 into the third period.
. Women's hockey record: 2-0-1
. Up next: 11/29 @ Hamilton, 11/30 @ Wesleyan