November 28, 2011

            The Panther women's hockey picked up a 4-1 win at Plattsburgh in the third-place game of the Panther/Cardinal Classic. The third-ranked Panthers move to 3-0-1 on the season, while the fourth-ranked Cardinals fell to 5-2-1.

            Plattsburgh took a 1-0 lead 8:13 into the first period on an unassisted tally from Ashton Hogan, her third goal of the season. Middlebury tied the game at the 6:19 mark with the third of the year for sophomore Madeline Joyce (Boxborough, Mass.) with an assist from sophomore Jennifer Krakower (Montreal, Que.). The Panthers scored the eventual game-winner late in the period on the power play, when junior Maggie Woodward (Dover, N.H.) netted her first of the season.

            Woodward scored her second of the game just 3:56 into the second period, with Krakower earning her second helper of the game along with senior Grace Waters (Snyder, N.Y.). The game remained at 3-1 until midway through the third when Waters netted her first of the year, this one on the power play at the 11:56 mark.

            Middlebury held a slim 28-25 shots advantage in the game, with first-year netminder Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) earning 24 saves. Kelsey Neumann made 11 stops in 25 minutes for the Cardinals, while Sydney Aveson earned 13 saves.

Middlebury battled to a scoreless tie with Elmira on day one. The first two periods saw both teams up and down the ice. Middlebury held a slight 8-7 edge in shots after the first period, while Elmira had a 14-12 advantage after two. The Soaring Eagles stepped it up in the final period with 15 shots on goal while holding the Panthers to just three. Neither team was able to get a shot on net in the overtime period.

While the game lacked standout scoring opportunities, both goaltenders gave strong performances to preserve the shutout on each end. Elmira’s Lauren Sullivan recorded 15 stops and Jones finished the night with 29 saves.

            Senior Maggie Melberg’s (Woody Creek, Colo.) shot went wide to the right of Sullivan for the Panther’s first attempt in the shootout. Middlebury’s second shooter, rookie Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.), was the only Panther to score while Sullivan made a big save on the Panthers’ final shooter, sophomore Sara Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.).

On the Elmira side, Maddy Charbonneau’s shot sailed high in the first round of the shootout. Sophomores Tori Charron and Tanis Lamoureux both found the back of the net on their attempts to secure Elmira’s spot in Sunday’s championship game. 
• Women’s Hockey record: 3-0-1
• Up next: 12/2 vs. Trinity – 7:00, 12/3 vs. Trinity – 3:00