November 19, 2012

The Middlebury College women’s hockey team outshot Colby 40-12, but needed a goal with just 3:00 left to pick up a 3-2 NESCAC win over Colby in Kenyon Arena. The contest was the season-opener for both teams, who met again on Saturday.

Despite being outshot 13-3 in the first period, Colby entered the intermission with a 1-0 lead. The lone goal came at the 10:10 mark when a dump in from the corner by Maddie Dewhirst was deflected in the slot by Samantha Slotnick.

Middlebury tied the game in the second period with a five-on-three power play goal. Senior Madison Styrbicki’s (Edina, Minn.) blast from the slot was saved by Brianna Wheeler (37 saves) before sophomore Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.) pounced on the rebound to tie the game at 1-1 at the 5:21 mark.

The Panthers had a chance to add to their lead at the 13:02 mark, but junior Sara Ugalde’s (Burlington, Conn.) shot hit the crossbar. Colby had a chance of their own with 2:00 remaining, but sophomore Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) (10 saves) denied Megan Fortier on a breakaway after a nice flip pass from Maddy Borek.

Middlebury took its first lead of the game 3:21 into the third period when sophomore Emily Fluke (Sandwich, Mass.) finished after a nice backhanded pass from the left wing by first-year player Katie Mandigo (Cornwall, Vt.).

Colby was threatening late, and broke through to tie the game with just 3:38 remaining. Meredith Reynolds circled the Panther net and threw the puck towards the net as it deflected off Jones and into the back of the net.

Middlebury answered just 38 seconds later, scoring the game winner off a turnover. Junior Madeline Joyce (Boxborough, Mass.) carried the puck in on the left wing before blasting a shot to the far side of the net past Wheeler for the game-winner.

Middlebury was back in action Saturday afternoon, picking up their second win of the weekend against Colby. Five different players scored for the fifth-ranked Panthers, who moved to 2-0 on the season, while Colby fell to 0-2.

The Panthers got on the board first 8:18 into the first period with a goal just one second after a power play had expired. Bielawski poked in a loose puck after a shot by junior Jennifer Krakower (Montreal, Que.) was denied. Colby’s best chance to score in the period came at 12:18 when Breanna Davis’ breakaway was saved by junior Lauren Pinsent (Labrador City, Newfoundland). After winning a face-off, Ugalde scored on a rebound after a shot by senior Molly Downey (E. Sandwich, Mass.) was saved at the 13:07 mark.

Middlebury made it a 3-0 game 9:56 into the second period when rookie Carly Schaeder (Wayzata, Minn.) scored on a rebound. With just 16 seconds left in the period, Bielawski stole the puck before feeding sophomore Katie Sullivan (Bethesda, Md.) who made it a 4-0 game. Colby had a pair of power play opportunities in the second period, but could not take advantage.

Senior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) scored her first of the season 4:34 into the third period, scoring from the face-off circle with a shot off the pads of Wheeler. Colby broke up the shutout with a goal midway through the period at 10:43. Lauren Guarente made a pass from behind the net to Annie Papadellis, who finished to make it a 5-1 final.

Middlebury held a 27-14 shots advantage in the game with Pinsent making 13 saves to earn the win. Wheeler made 12 saves in 44:34 for Colby, while Angelica Crites played 15:26 of scoreless hockey with 10 saves in the third period.

• Women’s hockey record: 2-0

• Up next: 11/24-25 – Host Panthers/Cardinal Classic – 1:00/4:00