WOMEN'S HOCKEY TIES MANHATTANVILLE
December 12, 2011
The Panther women's hockey team doubled up Manhattanville 36-18 in shots, but had to settle for a 2-2 tie in the semester finale at Kenyon Arena. The third-ranked Panthers remain unbeaten at 5-0-2 on the year, while the Valients move to 4-4-2.
The first period ended scoreless, with Middlebury holding a 9-5 advantage in shots. The best scoring chance of the period came late, as Middlebury sophomore Madeline Joyce (Boxborough, Mass.) found rookie Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.) in the slot, but Emy Cote came up with a big save for the Valiants in the final minute of the period.
Manhattanville had a golden opportunity at the 15:00 mark of the second period, but Alyssa Taylor’s backhander hit the pipe. The Panthers answered shortly thereafter, with senior Maggie Melberg’s (Woody Creek, Colo.) wrister from the slot denied by Cote. Middlebury closed the period with a five-on-three advantage for 1:34 that extended into the third, but could not get on the scoreboard.
After killing the power play, Manhattanville used the momentum to take a 1-0 lead 1:57 into the third period. Haleigh Hutchinson made some nifty moves before cutting to the crease and scoring through the five hole for her fourth of the year.
Middlebury tied the game with a power play goal at the 7:55 mark of the third, with junior Molly Downey (E. Sandwich, Mass.) scoring her first of the season. The Panthers took a 2-1 lead just 43 seconds later when Melberg finished off a scramble in front for her third of the year.
Manhattanville went on a five-on-three power play, tying the game at the 11:31 mark when Lynsey Schill slammed home a shot sent in by Lauren Nutkevitch.
Middlebury nearly regained the lead at the 13:20, but senior Grace Water’s (Snyder, N.Y.) backhander was denied in the slot by Cote. The Panthers went on a power play with just 3:13 left in the game but were unable to take the lead.
The game went into overtime, with the Panthers having a holdover power play of 1:42 after a Manhattanville penalty at the 19:51 mark. Middlebury had two quality chances on the power play in overtime, but could not score the game-winner.
Cote finished with 34 saves for Manhattanville, while first-year netminder Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) made 16 stops for the Panthers.
• Women’s Hockey record: 5-0-2