January 23, 2012

Rookie Katie Sullivan (Bethesda, Md.) scored the game-winner with 1:34 remaining to lead fourth-ranked Middlebury to a 2-1 win over Bowdoin in Kenyon Arena.

The first period saw Middlebury with a pair of missed power play opportunities, holding a 14-4 shots advantage after 20 minutes.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead 5:14 into the second session, with a goal just five seconds after a power play had ended. Rookie Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.) earned her team-leading 10th assist, as her shot from the center point was saved by Tara Connolly (31 saves). Senior Grace Waters (Snyder, N.Y.) pounced on the rebound and scored her fourth of the season from the low slot to give Middlebury a 1-0 advantage.

Bowdoin went on a power play late in the period, with Chelsea MacNeil just missing on an open look with 45 seconds remaining. The power play continued into the third period, with the Panthers earning a successful kill.

            The Polar Bears tied the game 13:47 into the third period, when Stephany Ludy scored her seventh of the year. Dominique Lozzi skated into the slot area, before sliding a quick pass to Ludy at the left dot. Ludy quickly wristed a shot into the top right corner, over the glove of Panther rookie netminder Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) (16 saves) to knot the game at 1-1.

            Late in the game, Waters intercepted a pass behind the net, trying to quickly stuff a shot past Connolly. The puck squirted through to the far side, where Sullivan was there to net her fourth of the season for the game-winner.

            Bowdoin pulled Connolly with 1:18 remaining, but was unable tie the game with the extra attacker. Middlebury finished the game with a 33-17 shots advantage.

            Middlebury sophomore Sarah Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.) scored two third period goals to lead the Panthers to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Bowdoin (6-7-2, 4-4) in Kenyon Arena. The victory completes a two-game sweep for fourth-ranked Middlebury, which improves to 11-1-2, 9-1 in NESCAC play.

            Middlebury had a great chance in the game’s first minute, but Ugalde and Sullivan were both denied by Kayla Lessard (23 saves) from point-blank range.

            Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead at the 3:30 mark, when Colleen Finnerty scored her second of the year on a wrap-around. Middlebury went on the power play at the 10:22 mark, putting tons of pressure on the Polar Bear net, but could not even the score. Bowdoin closed the period on a power play, with Jones (15 saves) stuffing Emily Tang’s rebound attempt with 1:30 remaining in the period.

            Bowdoin took a 2-0 lead at the 9:53 mark when Kim Tess Wanat sent in a puck from the left point that was quickly redirected in the slot by Kayte Holtz. The goal was her team-leading ninth of the season, this one coming on the power play.

            Middlebury answered at 11:02 when sophomore Jennifer Krakower’s (Montreal, Que.) shot from the right point deflected in off junior Molly Downey (E. Sandwich, Mass.) for her third of the year. The Panthers had a great chance to tie the game late in the period, but could not take advantage of 1:08 of five-on-three power play time.

            Middlebury tied the game midway through the third, when Ugalde redirected a shot from the left point taken by senior Maria Bourdeau (W Hartford, Conn.). The Panthers nearly took the lead later in the period on a power play, but junior Madison Styrbicki’s (Edina, Minn.) shot hit the left post and trickled along the goal line before being cleared away.

            Bowdoin took two late penalties, leaving Middlebury with a five-on-three power play for 1:15 with 2:00 remaining. Styrbicki found senior Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, Colo.) down low on the right, as her centering pass to the slot was one-timed into the back of the net by Ugalde for the game-winner. The goal was her second of the period and team-leading eighth of the season. Melberg’s assist extended her point streak to eight games, with four goals and six helpers in that span.
• Women’s hockey record: 11-1-2
• Up next: 1/24 vs. St. Anselm – 7:00, 1/27-28 @ Hamilton