Women's Hockey Advances To NESCAC Title Game

March 3, 2007

Middlebury scored three second period power play goals on its way to a 7-2 win over Hamilton in a NESCAC semifinal contest in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers advance to the title game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against Amherst, a 3-2 overtime winner over Bowdoin. Hamilton ends its season at 10-14-2.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 6:37 into the game as Abby Kurtz-Phelan tipped in a shot from the point by Shannon Sylvester. Hamilton answered with a power play goal at 8:45 as Lauren Tomford scored through the five hole with a wrister from the high slot. The Continentals took a 2-1 lead with 2:22 left in the period as Jodi Raymond carried the puck down the left wing before sliding a quick pass to Courtney Demaria, who finished at the far crease. Middlebury out shot Hamilton 15-5 in the period, but trailed 2-1.

The first of Middlebury's three second period power play goals came at 2:24 as Shannon Tarrant scored with a blast from the point. Kurtz-Phelan struck again at 8:33 as she tipped in a shot from Sylvester. Ashley Bairos scored the third of the period with 5:01 remaining, hitting an open net from the slot after Hamilton's Meg Shine had made a save.

Middlebury continued its offense on the power play in the third period as Bairos scored her second of the game. Tania Kenny's shot from the left wing was tipped by Molly Vitt, before Bairos poked the puck over the goal line. Sylvester made it a 6-2 game at 6:23 as she scored on an open net after a pair of saves by Shine. Vitt added a power play goal at 16:44 for the game's final goal.

Angie Todd ended the day with 10 saves in goal to pick up the win for Middlebury, while Shine made 37 for the Continentals.

Date: March 3, 2007 - 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Hamilton (10-14-2) 2 0 0 - 2
Middlebury (21-2-2) 1 3 3 - 7

M-1st (6:37) - Abby Kurtz-Phelan (Shannon Sylvester, Margaret MacDonald)
H-1st (8:45) - PP: Lauren Tomford (Amy Allen)
H-1st (17:38) - Courtney Demaria (Jodi Raymond)
M-2nd (2:24) - PP: Shannon Tarrant (Annmarie Cellino, Kurtz-Phelan)
M-2nd (8:33) - PP: Kurtz-Phelan (Sylvester, Emily McNamara)
M-2nd (14:59) - PP: Ashley Bairos (Molly Vitt, Erika Nakamura)
M-3rd (4:57) - PP: Bairos (Molly Vitt, Tania Kenny)
M-3rd (6:23) - Sylvester (Kurtz-Phelan)
M-3rd (16:44) - PP: Molly Vitt (McNamara, Nakamura)

Angie Todd-M (60 min., 10 saves, 2 GA)
Meg Shine-H (60 min., 37 saves, 7 GA)