WOMEN’S HOCKEY PLAYS THREE GAMES
February 4, 2013
The fifth-ranked Middlebury College women’s hockey team team dropped a 3-1 road game at top-ranked Plattsburgh State (19-0-1) on Wednesday night. A goal by Plattsburgh’s Allison Era at 7:20 of the third period proved to be the difference-maker in the Cardinals’ win.
Despite a 10-3 first period advantage in shots on goal for Plattsburgh, a closely-contested 20 minutes resulted in zeros on the scoreboard at the first intermission. The game remained scoreless until Chelsea Van Glahn found the back of the net at 11:23 of the second to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Alyssa Parke ripped a shot from the point that was turned away by Middlebury junior goaltender Laura Pinsent (Labrador City Newfoundland), but Van Glahn picked up the rebound and scored off the backhand for her fifth of the year.
Morgan MacInnis came within inches of making it 2-0 at the end of the second period as she skated in alone with 1:20 left but her shot rang off the post and bounced back into play.
The Panthers earned a power play early in the third and quickly jumped on the opportunity. Plattsburgh failed to clear the puck and junior Sara Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.) swatted it out of the air to keep it in the zone. Sophomore Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.) received the puck along the far boards and found senior Madison Styrbicki (Edina, Minn.), who ripped a shot from just inside the blue line that beat Sydney Aveson to tie it at 1-1 at the 1:55 mark.
The Cardinals regained the lead at 7:20 when a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone by Caitlin Gilligan served as the set-up for Era’s game-winner. Era carried the puck into the Middlebury end and with a nifty toe-drag made her way around a pair of Panther defenders before lifting a shot over the shoulder of Pinsent to put Plattsburgh up 2-1.
An empty-net goal by Emma Rutherford with 54 seconds remaining would round out the scoring for the Cardinals.
The Plattsburgh defense held Middlebury to 11 shots while the Cardinals finished with 34. Plattsburgh went 1-4 on the power-play while Middlebury went 1-5.
Aveson recorded 10 saves to improve to 15-0-1 for the Cardinals. Pinsent was solid in the Middlebury net, turning away 31 shots.
Caroline Corbett buried a shorthanded goal with 1:58 remaining to lift Connecticut College to a 3-2 upset victory against Middlebury at Dayton Arena Saturday. Samantha Shuffenecker scored twice while Kelsie Fralick stopped 39 of 41 shots against the fifth ranked Panthers, who suffered their first setback in this longstanding rivalry.
Middlebury junior Jennifer Krakower (Montreal, Que.) scored her third goal of the season while sophomore Emily Fluke (Sandwich, Mass.) potted her team leading 11th goal of the year for the Panthers. Bielawski dished out her conference leading 15th assist for the visitors. Pinsent finished with 23 saves for the Panthers, who held a 41-26 advantage on the shot chart.
Krakower opened the scoring 2:33 into regulation when her shot from the right point went through the pads of Fralick. Shuffenecker got one back in the middle period when she went top shelf with a shot from the left circle with 3:37 remaining in the frame.
The Panthers out-shot the Camels 19-7 in the third period. With 7:38 remaining, Fluke put the Panthers back on top when she redirected a shot from Bielawski that came from the left dot. Styrbicki had the second assist on the goal.
The Camels would not go away. With 4:10 to go, Shuffenecker scored the equalizer for the Camels with her shot from below the right circle to tie the game at 2-2.
The Camel defense continued to match the Panthers offensive intensity. The hosts were a perfect 3-3 on their penalty kill. Middlebury had one last power play that was awarded with 3:32 remaining in regulation. But Corbett was able to collect a steal in the neutral zone and the senior skated in alone and flipped one in with her backhand to put the Camels on top for good.
Middlebury had two more shots in the closing moments. Styrbicki fired a shot with 22 seconds left that was saved and then Fralick denied Bielawski on the visitors’ last shot with 8.1 seconds left.
Middlebury broke a brief two-game losing streak with a 4-0 shutout victory at Connecticut College in game two of a NESCAC series. Fluke scored a natural hat-trick with all three markers coming in the third period and assisted on a fourth goal in the win.
Sophomore Mackenzie Martin (Wilmette, Ill.) chipped in with a second period score and sophomore Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) made 30 saves en route to her first shutout this year.
The Camels nearly got on board in the opening period with 13:48 remaining on the power play when Olivia Farrell broke free but Jones was able to make the stick save at the near post side of the goal. Later on with 13:02 to go, Leigh Getz unloaded with a blast from the left point but Jones was able to make another nice stop for the visitors.
Later on in the period with 7:58 remaining Krakower fired a shot on Fralick that was saved. Bielawski tried to beat Fralick with a wrist shot at the left circle with 5:10 remaining but Fralick made another nice stop for the hosts. Bielawski would test Fralick again on a Panther power play with 3:34 to go but Fralick was able to make the diving stab for the Camels. The visitors out-shot the hosts 15-11 in the opening period of play.
In the second period, Ariel DiPasquale had a scoring chance for the Camels with 7:07 to go when she fired a shot in on Jones from the middle of the blue line that was saved by the Middlebury netminder. The Panthers finally broke through with 2:20 remaining in the second. Martin tipped in a shot at the near post side. Senior Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) and Fluke assisted on the score.
In the third period, the Panthers scored a critical insurance marker with 15:18 remaining in regulation. Ugalde fired a shot from right circle that was stopped by Fralick but Fluke pounced on the rebound and went top shelf from her backhand to make it a 2-0 score. Fluke tacked on another score with 5:44 remaining when her shot caught a deflection off of another skater in the slot area and found its way into the back of the net.
With 33.3 seconds left, Fluke completed the trifecta with an empty-netter and the Panthers were able to hold on for the 4-0 triumph. Fralick finished with 48 saves Sunday and made 77 stops in the two-game series. Middlebury held a 52-30 advantage in shots and were 2-5 on their power play.
• Women’s hockey record: 13-4-2
• Up next: 2/5 @ St. Anselm, 2/8 @ Williams, 2/9 vs. Williams – 7:00