February 27, 2012

The Panther women’s hockey team scored four goals in a 4:12 span in the second period on its way to a 5-1 win over Colby (6-17-2) in a NESCAC Quarterfinal match-up. The fourth-ranked Panthers (19-3-3) advance to host the NESCAC semifinals and championship on March 3rd and 4th in Kenyon Arena.

Middlebury had a nice chance just 1:30 into the game, but sophomore Jennifer Krakower’s (Montreal, Quebec) shot hit the post. Following a failed Colby power play, the Panthers hit another pipe, this one coming from junior Madison Styrbicki (Edina, Minn.). The Panthers put on a lot of pressure with a power play midway through the period, but the game remained scoreless. Colby had its best chance at the 14:40 mark, but a shot from Karlyn Donovan after a feed from Sylvia Xistris was denied by first-year netminder Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.). The Mules had a few looks on a power play at the 16:40 mark, but the period ended scoreless with shots at 10-10.

Middlebury broke through 3:02 into the second period with a power play goal as junior Maggie Woodward (Dover, N.H.) tipped in a shot for her ninth of the season. The Panthers drew a double minor midway through the period, scoring on both opportunities. The first goal was a nice feed from junior Lauren Greer (North Hampton, N.H.) behind the net to Woodward in front for her second of the game. Just 41 seconds later, Styrbicki scored with a shot from the left point that deflected into the net for her fourth of the year. Senior Maria Bourdeau (W. Hartford, Conn.) netted her second of the year with a shot in off the pipe from the left point at the 14:08 mark to make it a 4-0 game. The Panthers scored another on the power play at 15:21, with first-year player Emily Fluke (Sandwich, Mass.) finishing in front for her third of the year after a shot from Styrbicki had been saved.

Colby got on the board 3:02 into the third period, when Caroline Chessar’s shot down low deflected in off Jones as she was down.

Jones played solid all game long, finishing the afternoon with 28 saves to earn the win. Brianne Wheeler stopped 35 shots between the pipes for the Mules.
• Women’s hockey record: 19-3-3
• Up next: Host NESCAC’s - 3/3 vs. Trinity – 1:00, Bowdoin vs. Amherst, 3/4 - Championship - 2