Women's Hockey Wins NCAA Championship

March 19, 2006

Middlebury won its third consecutive NCAA title as they picked up a 3-1 win over Plattsburgh in the championship game at Plattsburgh. The national title is the fifth for the women's hockey program and the 25th for Middlebury College in the last 12 years. The Panthers end their season at 27-2, tying the school record of 27 wins set back in the '99-'00 season. Middlebury scored goals via the power play, penalty shot and short handed situation in the game.

Plattsburgh came out firing, out-shooting the Panthers 5-0 early on, but Middlebury's goalie Kate Kogut was up to the task and kept the Cardinals at bay. Middlebury got on the board with its first two shots of the game as Shannon Sylvester scored on a rebound at the 5:22 mark for a power play goal. Middlebury gained some momentum late in the period as Annmarie Cellino scored her nation's-best seventh shorthanded goal of the season to make it a 2-0 game with 13 seconds left in the period.

The second period saw the shots even at seven, with Middlebury scoring the only goal of the period at 19:05 as Emily Quizon converted a penalty shot.

Plattsburgh got on the board with a power play goal at 9:21 of the third period as Elise Campbell scored beating Kogut for her first goal of the season.

Danielle Blanchard tried to cut the lead with five minutes to go, but Kogut came up big once again. The Cardinals had a few chances late, but could not find the back of the net. Plattsburgh went 1/5 on the power play in the period.

Kogut was stellar in net for Middlebury, making 24 saves on the night to earn the win. Breanne Doyle made 17 stops for Plattsburgh between the pipes.

Kogut, Quizon, Cellino and Shannon Tarrant were named to the all-tournament team for Middlebury, while Chantalle Rye and Jessica Moreau earned the honor for Plattsburgh.