November 26, 2012

Sophomore Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.) scored 1:10 into overtime to lift Middlebury to a 4-3 win over fourth-ranked Elmira (7-1-1) at the Panther/Cardinal Classic in Kenyon Arena.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 3:53 into the game after senior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) took the puck away from her opponent. She then fed sophomore Katie Sullivan (Bethesda, Md.) who saw her shot saved by Lauren Sullivan before Greer put home the rebound. The Panthers looked to take a two-goal lead at 14:38, but a feed from sophomore Emily Fluke (Sandwich, Mass.) to rookie Anna Van Kula (Radnor, Pa.) was denied with a great stop from Sullivan. Elmira tied the game at the 18:36 mark when Tanis Lamoureux found the back of the net for the 2-1 lead.

The Soaring Eagles took a 2-1 lead 1:40 into the second period when Katie Gaskin fed Ashton Hogan who drove to the goal and scored. Elmira made it a two-goal game at 11:01 with a power play goal from Brooke Wilgosh that deflected in off a skate. The Panthers came right back with a power play tally of their own at 12:59, cutting the lead to 3-2. Junior Sara Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.) got the puck to the left point where senior Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) ripped home a slapshot. Elmira nearly extended its lead minutes later, but a hard wrister on a breakaway from Hogan hit the crossbar. Hogan fed Ashley Ryan late in the period in a two-on-one, but her open wrister went high.

Middlebury failed on its first three power plays of the third period, but were able to tie the game on their fourth attempt, which came on a five-minute major. Senior Molly Downey (E. Sandwich, Mass.) sent the puck towards goal that was tipped on by Ugalde before Greer stuffed home the rebound on the far post. The power play was cut short by a Panther penalty, but junior Madeline Joyce (Boxborough, Mass.) nearly gave Middlebury the lead with a minute to go, but was denied on a breakaway by a pad save from Sullivan. The period ended in a 3-3 tie with Middlebury heading into overtime with a 53 second power play.

Middlebury went on the power play just one minute into overtime, with Bielawski’s game-winner coming after a scramble in the crease area. The Panthers ended the game with a 32-21 shots advantage, including a 13-2 margin in the third period. Junior Lauren Pinsent (Labrador City, Newfoundland) finished the game with 18 saves to earn the win, while Sullivan made 28 stops for the Soaring Eagles.

Plattsburgh used a goal in each period on its way to a 3-2 win over Middlebury on day two. The top-ranked Cardinals move to 7-0-1 on the season, while the fifth-ranked Panthers suffer their first loss of the year, falling to 3-1. Middlebury held a 31-18 shots advantage in the game.

Middlebury had a couple of chances early, with Sullivan missing just wide on a breakaway 30 seconds in. Plattsburgh netminder Sydney Aveson kept the Panthers off the board 6:20 in, making a nice blocker save on Joyce before denying a blast from the left point by Marrison.

Plattsburgh got on the board first at the 14:56 mark with a power play goal. Alyssa Parke found the back of the net from the left wing, going five-hole on sophomore Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) for the 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Teal Gove took a pass from Morgan MacInnis and cut to the goal, making a nice deke move before finding the back of the net. Middlebury tied the game midway through the period on a great individual move from Fluke. After carrying the puck past center ice and driving to the goal, Fluke saw her spin shot denied by Aveson, before putting home her own rebound to make it a 2-1 game.

The Panthers opened the third period on the power play, cashing in just one second after the opportunity had expired. Junior Jennifer Krakower (Montreal, Que.) put a shot on from the right point, that was finished down low by Bielawski to tie the game at 2-2.

Plattsburgh scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 11:50 mark, the fourth of the year from Emma Rutherford. After taking a pass from Jenny Kistner, Rutherford circled the net and threw the puck towards the goal, where it bounced off Jones and into the net. Middlebury threatened late and had a few shots with Jones pulled, but could not net the equalizer.

Aveson made 29 saves in the game to earn tournament M.V.P. honors. Joining her on the all-tournament squad were: Jenny Kistner (PSU), Emily Fluke (M), Katie Sullivan (M), Ashton Hogan (E), Madison Johnston (E) and Tori Salmon (A).

• Women’s hockey record: 3-1

• Up next: 12/1 @ Trinity – 7:00, 12/2 @ Trinity – 3:00