January 19, 2009

The Panther women's hockey team outshot Trinity 48-14, but was forced to settle for a 2-2 tie with the Bantams in Kenyon Arena. The tie is the second straight between the schools after a 2-2 tie last January.

Trinity took a 1-0 lead early as a shot caromed off a defender to Kim Weiss, who gave the Bantams a 1-0 lead 8:34 into the game. Middlebury tied the game 15:33 into the second period, as senior Annmarie Cellino (W. Seneca, N.Y.) skated through several defenders on her way to a shorthanded tally.

Trinity regained the lead just 1:03 into the third period as Weiss scored her second goal of the game, this one on a breakaway. Middlebury was forced to pull its netminder late for the extra attacker, with the advantage paying off as the Panthers tied the game with just 13 seconds remaining. Sophomore Anna McNally (St. Paul, Minn.) made a nice feed from behind the net to senior Randi Dumont (Greene, Maine), who scored from the high slot.

Middlebury held an 8-0 shots advantage in overtime, including a power play opportunity, but could not net the game-winner.

Junior Lani Wright (Reading, Mass.) ended the night with 14 saves for Middlebury, while Isabel Iwachiw made 48 stops for the Bantams.

Middlebury bounced back after a 2-2 tie on Friday night with a 6-1 win over Trinity in the second meeting between the schools in as many days. Fourteen different players recorded a point in the game for the Panthers, as they improve to 8-1-3 on the year. Trinity falls to 7-3-2 with a loss and a tie on the weekend.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead just 27 seconds into the game as rookie Grace Waters (Snyder, N.Y.) redirected a quick feed from Cellino for the goal. The Panthers took a 2-0 advantage at 9:47 as senior Molly Vitt (Kenilworth, Ill.) scored from just outside the crease with an assist from first-year player Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, Colo.).

The lead grew to 3-0 3:14 into the second as first-year player Corey Cooper (Lakeville, Conn.) found the back of the net. Trinity got on the board at the 5:43 mark as Michelle Chee redirected a shot for a power play goal. Middlebury answered with a pair of goals to take a 5-1 lead after two periods. Junior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) netted the first goal for the Panthers, while junior Ashley Bairos (Van Nuys, Calif.) scored her first of the year.

Middlebury sophomore Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) kept it a 5-1 game 14 minutes into the third, as she denied Chee on a breakaway attempt. Just 1:09 later, sophomore Nora Bergman (Concord, Mass.) netted a power play goal for the Panthers, giving them a 6-1 advantage.

Bloom ended the game with 22 saves, while Iwachiw made 31 stops for the Bantams.
. Women's hockey record: 8-1-3
. Up next: 1/20 @ UMass.-Boston