November 30, 2010

         Senior Anna McNally (St. Paul, Minn.) scored a pair of goals to reach the 100-point plateau (48-52-100) as Middlebury picked up a 5-2 NESCAC win over Bowdoin (3-1, 2-1) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (5-0, 4-0) controlled much of the play in the game, outshooting their opponents 51-19 on the day.

         Middlebury opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 13:04 mark of the first period. After a pair of saves by Bowdoin netminder Sage Santangelo, McNally stuffed home a rebound from the far side to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

            The Polar Bears earned their first shot on goal 15 minutes into the period, and took advantage of a Panther turnover shortly thereafter. Shelagh Merrill picked off a pass and skated across the top of the left face-off circle before snapping a shot over the shoulder of Middlebury senior netminder Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) to tie the game at 1-1.

            Middlebury senior Julia Ireland (Greenwich, Conn.) gave the Panthers a 2-1 advantage 4:32 into the second period, before first-year player Sara Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.) made it a 3-1 game at 8:51 with a quick wrister to the top left corner for a power play goal.

         Sophomore Madison Styrbicki (Edina, Minn.) scored Middlebury’s third power play goal of the game (3 for 11) at 11:35, blasting home a shot from the right side that grazed a defender’s stick.

         Bowdoin came back to make it a 4-2 game late in the period, when Kendra Sweet scored with 2:14 left in the period. The four-on-four goal came when Sweet’s snapshot towards the goal hit a stick and quickly changed direction on its way into the back of the net.

         The lone third period goal came with 13 seconds remaining, when senior Nora Bergman (Concord, Mass.) (2 assists) hit McNally breaking up ice for the empty-netter.

         Bloom finished the game with 17 saves to earn the win, while Santangelo made 46 stops for Bowdoin.

         Middlebury scored a goal in each period on its way to a 3-0 shutout victory over Colby on Friday night. The Panthers held a 36-14 shots advantage in the game, as Bloom made 14 saves in goal to earn her second shutout of the season.

            Junior Grace Waters (Snyder, N.Y.) opened the scoring for the Panthers 13:08 into the first period. The junior skated in on the left wing with some nice stick-work, snapping a shot to the far post after a feed from sophomore Maggie Woodward (Dover, N.H.).

         McNally scored her first of the year at the 13:08 mark of the second period to make it a 2-0 game. McNally gathered the puck just outside the crease and quickly flipped it into the top of the net for the goal. Minutes later, Bloom made a big glove save on Tasha Rivard from point-blank range to keep the Mules off the board.

            Senior Heidi Woodworth (Princeton, N.J.) scored her team-leading third goal of the season at the 9:30 mark of the third period with a blast from the left point. Colby netminder Brianne Wheeler made a big save on Woodward at 13:18, with the rebound going into the net just before a Middlebury penalty, disallowing the goal.

         Wheeler ended the game with 31 saves for Colby, while Grace Dickinson made a pair in 3:20 of action.
• Women’s hockey record: 4-0
• Up next: 12/4 vs. Williams – 3:00