January 5, 2009

The Panther women's hockey team scored a shorthanded goal just 1:08 into overtime as the Panthers came from behind to beat Elmira, 5-4. Senior Annmarie Cellino (W. Seneca, N.Y.) and sophomore Anna McNally (St. Paul, Minn.) worked a great give-and-go, with McNally netting her first goal of the year in her first game. The win is the second for fourth-ranked Middlebury over third-ranked Elmira this season.

Elmira scored a pair of goals in 32 seconds to take a 2-0 lead at the 15:08 mark of the first period. Kayla Coady scored the first on a rebound after a shot from Melanie Henshaw was saved. Kathryn Walker scored the second as her shot from the left point found the five-hole. Middlebury was 0/3 on the power play in the period, including 34 seconds with a five-on-three advantage.

Middlebury cut the lead in half 7:17 into the second period as senior Molly Vitt (Kenilworth, Ill.) won a face-off back to rookie McKenzie Stevens (Vail, Colo.) at the left point. Stevens' shot was tipped in front by junior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) as the Panthers now trailed 2-1. The Panthers tied the game at the 15:17 mark as first-year player Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, Colo.) tipped in a great crossing pass from senior Erika Nakamura (Boston, Mass.). Middlebury had a great chance to take the lead shorthanded moments later, but Cellino was denied on a breakaway by Allison Cubberley.

Elmira regained the lead just 1:46 later as Jenna McCall scored on a rebound after Jamie Kivi's shot was saved by sophomore Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) on the power play.

Middlebury tied the game midway through the third period, as Nakamura scored from the slot after a nice feed from Melberg. The Panthers took their first lead of the game at 11:51, as Cellino one-timed a pass from sophomore Heidi Woodworth (Princeton, N.J.) to make it a 4-3 game. The lead lasted less than five minutes as Lauryn DePaul tied the game for the Soaring Eagles with a goal after a scramble in the crease area at 16:32.

Bloom ended the game with 25 saves, while Cubberley made 23 stops for Elmira.
. Women's hockey record: 5-1-2
. Up next: 1/9 @ Colby, 1/10 @ Bowdoin