February 15, 2010

         The Middlebury College women’s hockey team earned a 1-1 tie on the road at top-ranked Plattsburgh (17-1-2) on Wednesday night. Senior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) recorded her fourth goal of the season 8:24 into the middle period when she deflected a junior Anna McNally (St. Paul, Minn.) blast from the point. First-year player Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) was also credited with an assist on the play.

Laurie Bowler gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead 5:16 after the opening face-off during a scramble in front of the Middlebury net. Teal Gove and Megan DiJulio assisted on Bowler's 12th goal.

Plattsburgh had a 33-25 shots on goal advantage, including a 14-6 margin in the second.  Both teams had solid chances in the five-minute extra session, but neither could get the game-winning goal.

         The goaltending was strong as junior Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) had 32 saves for Middlebury, while Mandy Mackrell posted 24 for Plattsburgh, which is 5-0-3 in the last eight meetings.

         Middlebury had little trouble with Potsdam as the Panthers earned an 8-0 win over the Bears (8-11-1) in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Seventh-ranked Middlebury (14-5-2) held a 52-8 shots advantage in the game, as sophomore Grace Waters (Snyder, N.Y.) earned a hat-trick.

         Middlebury took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal just 2:47 into the game. After a shot from McNally was saved, Waters jumped on the rebound and scored from the slot for her third of the season. McNally scored her team-leading 14th of the year at the 11:34 mark, scoring with a quick wrister from just outside the crease. The period ended with Middlebury leading 2-0, holding a 17-2 shots advantage.

         First-year player Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) made it a 4-0 game 3:08 into the second period, before junior Nora Bergman (Concord, Mass.) one-timed a pass from McCormack for a five-on-three goal at the 15:41 mark. First-year player Maggie Woodward (Dover, N.H.) closed out the scoring with her eighth of the year at 17:30.

         After entering the game with two goals on the year, Waters scored her second of the game at 1:00, earning the hat-trick with a five-on-three power play goal at the 15-minute mark of the third. Greer notched her second of the night 26 seconds later to make it an 8-0 final. Bergman ended the night with a goal and three assists, McNally scored once with two helpers, while McCormack had a pair of assists.

         Senior Lani Wright (Reading, Mass.) (40 mins., 0 GA, 6 saves) and sophomore Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) (20 mins., 0 GA, 2 saves) split time for Middlebury, as did Hilary Hitchman (31:56 mins., 3 GA, 23 saves) and Jen Conophy (28:04 mins, 5 GA, 21 saves) for Potsdam.

• Women’s hockey record: 14-5-2

• Up next: 2/16 @ Norwich, 2/19 vs. Bowdoin – 7:00, 2/20 vs. Colby – 3:00