January 9, 2012

            Behind a four-point game from junior Maggie Woodward (Dover, N.H.), the #4Middlebury College women's hockey team cruised past Wesleyan 8-0 on Saturday afternoon. Middlebury (7-0-2, 6-0 NESCAC) remains unbeaten with the victory, while Wesleyan fell to 2-10 on the year and 1-5 in conference play. Middlebury now stands 45-0-3 all-time against Wesleyan.

Woodward had a hand in the Panthers' first two goals, as sophomore Sarah Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.) put home a one-timer off a pass from Woodward with 12:43 gone in the first and senior Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, Colo.) cashed in a rebound at 18:48. Rookie Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.) put home another rebound at the 19:23 mark to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead at intermission.

Junior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead with an unassisted tally 40 seconds into the second period, then scored off a rebound with the Panthers on the power play at 13:00 for a five-goal cushion. Woodward made it 6-0 at 15:08, lighting the lamp after a Wesleyan giveaway in front of the crease.

Woodward added another unassisted goal 1:16 into the third with a breakaway marker, and Bielawski concluded the scoring with 6:15 to play.

            Middlebury sophomore netminder Laura Pinsent (Labrador City, Newfoundland) recorded seven saves in 34:05. Senior Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) tallied three saves in the final 25:55 in her first action of the year. In the Wesleyan net, junior Ashleigh Corvi stopped 25 shots in the first two periods. Junior Nicole Bonneau saved eight of ten shots in the final frame.

Seven different players found the back of the net as Middlebury rolled past Wesleyan 8-1 on Friday night.

Middlebury held a 22-0 advantage in shots in the first period and a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Senior McKenzie Stevens (Vail, Colo.) put the Panthers on the board with 11:09 gone, scoring off a rebound from 15 feet out for her first tally of the season. Middlebury extended its advantage to two goals at the 16:03 mark, when sophomore Jennifer Krakower (Montreal, Que.) sent a slap shot through the legs of Wesleyan netminder Ashleigh Corvi with the Panthers on the power play. The goal was Krakower's first of the year.

Middlebury padded its lead with a four-goal second period. Greer scored her first goal of the campaign on a one-timer with 3:14 gone, and junior Libby Miner (Fairfield, Conn.) did the same at 4:57. Senior Grace Waters (Snyder, N.Y.) added a power-play wrister at 11:27 to make it 5-0, and Bielawski added a score with 12:37 elapsed for a 6-0 Middlebury lead.

Senior Maria Bourdeau (W. Hartford, Conn.) picked up an unassisted tally, her first of the year, with 2:25 gone in the third period to make it 7-0, and Greer added her second goal of the night at the 6:12 mark for Middlebury's eighth goal.

Wesleyan's goal came off the stick of Rebecca Snelling at the 8:13 mark. Snelling's shot through traffic went through the five-hole for her first tally of the season.

First-year netminder Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) was called on to make only two saves in two periods in the Middlebury net. Jones has allowed only four goals on 102 shots this season and currently leads Division III with a .962 save percentage. Rookie Madeline Marsh (Kanata, Ont.) handled the final 20 minutes, making five stops in her first action of the year. Corvi recorded 52 saves for Wesleyan.
• Women’s hockey record: 7-0-2
• Up next: 1/10 vs. Utica – 7:00, 1/13-14 @ Amherst – 7/3:00