January 12, 2009

The Middlebury College women's hockey team earned a NESCAC road win as the Panthers scored twice on the power play on its way to a 2-1 win over Colby at Alfond Rink. Middlebury held a 33-11 shots advantage in the game and will return to action at Bowdoin on Saturday.

Senior Erika Nakamura (Boston, Mass.) scored at 8:34 of the first period with assists from junior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) and sophomore Nora Bergman (Concord, Mass.). The Panthers (6-1-2 overall, 4-1-1 league) went up 2-0 in the second period when senior Molly Vitt (Kenilworth, Ill.) tallied with helpers from rookie Grace Waters (Snyder, N.Y.) and sophomore Anna McNally (St. Paul, Minn.). Colby (5-3-1, 2-2-0) cut the lead in half when Colette Finley scored after a pass from Stephanie Scarpato at 6:15 of the third period.

Lacey Brown kept Colby in the game with 31 saves, while junior Lani Wright (Reading, Mass.) stopped 10 shots for the Panthers.

Middlebury scored four first period goals and never looked back on its way to a NESCAC road win at Bowdoin, 8-1. The Panthers held a 37-22 shots advantage in the game as sophomore Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) (18 saves) and rookie Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) (3 saves) combined to earn the win. The Panthers, ranked third in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll, improve to 7-1-2 this year, while the Polar Bears fall to 1-7-0 overall.

Vitt propelled the Panthers in the opening frame, scoring Middlebury's first goal just 1:29 into the contest and assisting on the other three goals in the period. Bergman scored twice in the stanza, with junior defenseman Molly West's (Yarmouth, Maine) first career tally giving the visitors a 4-0 advantage after 20 minutes.

First-year player Corey Cooper's (Lakeville, Conn.) backhander was the lone goal for either squad in the second period and gave the Panthers a 5-0 lead. Rookie Haley MacKeen's (Antigonish, N.S.) first career score pushed the advantage to 6-0 early in the third. Bowdoin's Kate Pokrass put home a rebound off a Scooter Walsh shot at 9:56 of the final period to break up the shutout. Another first career goal - this one by Middlebury's Jamie Harisiades (Hooksett, N.H.) - and McNally's late power play goal rounded out the scoring.

Vitt finished with a goal and four assists while Bergman had an assist to go with her two goals.
. Women's hockey record: 7-1-2
. Up next: 1/16 vs. Trinity - 7:00, 1/17 vs. Trinity - 3:00