November 21, 2011

            Despite 56 saves from Colby College goaltender Brianne Wheeler, Middlebury made the 59th shot count in overtime as senior Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, Colo.) scored 1:57 into the extra period as the Panthers took a 3-2 season-opening win over the Mules on Friday night at Alfond Rink.

            Wheeler made 38 saves in the first two periods and then stopped 16 shots in the final period.

            Wheeler had stopped the original shot from the Panthers, but Melberg was on the right side of the goal and hit another shot that Wheeler got a glove on. The puck hit off her and trickled over the goal line.

            Colby scored first in the opening period when Meredith Reynolds converted off a pass from defender Kathy Shei at 11:15. However, the Panthers tied it up just over a minute later when junior Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) scored at 12:25 off an assist from rookie Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.).

            The Panthers were on the power play to start the second period and quickly scored 32 seconds in off a score from sophomore Sara Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.), assisted by classmate Jennifer Krakower (Montreal, Que).

            Annie Papadellis tallied 4:28 into the third period for Colby to knot the game at 2-2.

            Sophomore Laura Pinsent (Labrador City, Newfoundland) made 15 saves as the Panthers held a 59-17 shots advantage.

            A day after going to overtime for a victory over Colby, third-ranked Middlebury received a hat-trick from rookie Katie Sullivan (Bethesda, Md.) and three assists from senior Maria Bourdeau (W. Hartford, Conn.) in a 6-0 NESCAC win over the Mules Saturday at Alfond Rink.

            Sullivan scored what ended up as the game-winning goal just 2:33 into the first period with an assist from Bourdeau.

            The Panthers, who received 22 saves from first-year netminder Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.)  in her first collegiate shutout in her first game, went up 2-0 after the first period on sophomore Madeline Joyce's (Boxborough, Mass.)  goal at 11:13 with assists from Marrison and Melberg.

            Middlebury scored three goals in a span of about six minutes in the second period to pull away. Junior Madison Styrbicki (Edina, Minn.) tallied at 8:35, Melberg made it 4-0 at 10:59, and Sullivan scored her second goal at 14:01. Sullivan closed out the scoring in the third period with an unassisted goal at 15:18. Rookie Emily Fluke (Sandwich, Mass.) had two assists in the game.

            Brianne Wheeler made 30 saves in net for Colby, as the Panthers held a 36-22 shots advantage.
• Women’s Hockey record: 2-0
• Up next: 11-26/27 @ Panther Cardinal Classic (Plattsburgh)