Middlebury

WOMEN’S HOCKEY OPENS WITH TWO WINS

November 22, 2010

            Middlebury out shot Hamilton 49-22 on its way to a 3-0 road win in the season-opener for both teams. Senior Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) made 22 saves to earn the shutout.

            Senior Julia Ireland (Greenwich, Conn.) opened the scoring with a power play goal 8:49 into the first period. Senior Heidi Woodworth (Princeton, N.J.) earned a power play tally at 4:01 of the second, with sophomore Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) earning her second assist of the game.

            Ireland capped the scoring in the third period with an unassisted goal to make it a 3-0 final.

            Woodworth scored a power play goal with 8:21 remaining in the second period that proved to be the difference, as the seventh ranked Middlebury outlasted Connecticut College in a 3-2 NESCAC win at Dayton Arena Saturday.

            The Panthers improve to 2-0 with the victory while the improving Camels close out the first weekend of the season with a split at 1-1.  

            First-year player Sara Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.) and junior Grace Waters (Snyder, N.Y.) scored first period goals for the visitors and Bloom made 24 saves for the winning side. Courtney Dumont scored her third goal of the weekend in the first period and Kelsey Kirker contributed with a second period tally for the hosts.

            Amy Leichliter made 41 saves in the setback for the Camels. All five goals in the game were scored on the power play. 

            The Panthers held a 26-6 shot advantage in the opening period and carried a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. In the middle period, the Camels responded with the equalizer. Brigid O’Gorman cycled the puck to Kirker from the point, and the senior forward buried a low shot for a goal from the right circle to even things up at two.

            The Panthers bounced right back with another power play goal. Woodworth collected a rebound off a shot from senior Anna McNally (St. Paul, Minn.) in the slot to put the Panthers on top for good. Marrison earned the second assist on the goal.

            The Camels played a nip-and-tuck third period with their conference rivals and were out-shot by a slim 11-10 margin in the close contest. As the game was winding down, Middlebury was assessed with a high-sticking penalty with 1:56 remaining.

            With 45 seconds left, the Camels emptied their net to gain a two-woman advantage. The hosts had one last chance to tie the game with 15 seconds to go. O’Gorman stole a clearing pass near the left circle and hit Kirker with an entry pass as she was driving to the goal. Kirker fired a shot from point blank range but Bloom was able to make the save to preserve the victory for Middlebury.
• Women’s hockey record: 2-0
• Up next: 11/27 vs. Colby – 7:00, 11/28 vs. Bowdoin – 4:00