December 3, 2012

The Middlebury College women’s hockey team outshot Trinity 45-21 but had to settle for a 1-1 road tie in game one of a two game series on Saturday. Trinity’s Hillary McNamara scored the game-tying goal with 12:14 left in the third period and goaltender Alexa Pujol finished with 44 saves in the game.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead with 3:42 left in the opening period when senior Molly Downey (E. Sandwich, Mass.) scored from sophomores Emily Fluke (Sandwich, Mass.) and Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.) on a power play.  Trinity held a 9-5 edge on shots after one period, but the Panthers peppered Pujol with 40 shots without a goal over the next 45 minutes. Trinity nearly tied it with just under five minutes left in the second, but Middlebury sophomore Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) made one of her 20 saves with a glove stab behind her body against Trinity’s Lucy Robinson on a breakaway.

McNamara netted the Bantam goal off a pass from behind the net by Whitney Colbert, while Lauren Fitzgerald also had a helper on the play. Pujol made multiple saves to help stave off a Panther power play later in the second period, and stopped Fluke one-on-one  on the final bid of regulation with three seconds on the clock.  The Trinity blueliners blocked three shots and Pujol made two saves while playing the last 1:50 of the overtime with three skaters against four. 

Middlebury junior goaltender Lauren Pinsent (Labrador City, Newfoundland) made 34 saves in goal to lead visiting Middlebury to a 4-1 win over Trinity in game two.

Middlebury sophomore MacKenzie Martin (Wilmette, Ill.) scored just 1:15 into the game to jumpstart a three-goal period for the Panthers, putting Trinity in too deep a hole to recover. First-year player Katie Mandigo (Cornwall, Vt.) scored her first career goal on the power play at the 8:44 mark, while Bielawski scored her team-leading fifth of the year at 13:19. Junior Jennifer Krakower (Montreal, Que.) finished the game with two assists, while Bielawski also added a helper to go along with her tally.

Pinsent was solid in goal all afternoon long, coming up with key stops in the first and second period to prevent Trinity from closing the gap.

With the score at 1-0 in Middlebury’s favor, Trinity’s Rebecca Rosen made an athletic move in a showdown with Pinsent in a first period attempt to tie the game, but was denied. She also made big stops against Whitney Colbert, Emma Tani and Lucy Robinson on a one-timer attempt late in the period.

Trinity gained hope late in the second period when Rosen beat Pinsent for Trinity’s first goal, but Pinsent continued to frustrate the Bantams, as Tani took another try at the net with just over a minute remaining in the period, but missed wide on a breakaway attempt to bury the puck in the corner.

Trinity outshot Middlebury 35-28 in the game, and 10-5 in the third, but the Bantams did not match the efficiency of the Panthers shooting. 

• Women’s hockey record: 4-1-1

• Up next: 12/8 @ Castleton