Panthers Blank UMass.-Boston

January 17, 2007

Annmarie Cellino netted a pair of goals and goaltender Lani Wright stopped all 22 shots she saw to lead the Middlebury College women's ice hockey team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 5-0, in a non-conference contest tonight at on the campus of UMass Boston.

The Beacons fall to 6-8-1 on the season, while the Panthers, who are ranked number three in the nation by USCHO.com and the defending national champion, improve to 10-1-1 and are unbeaten in their last 11 games. The match-up marked the first time the teams had ever faced each other.

Cellino gave Middlebury a 3-0 margin when Abby Kurtz-Phelan and Shannon Tarrant combined to find her for her third goal of the season with 1:35 left in the second period and then picked up where she left off and netted the Panthers' fourth goal at 3:15 of the third period with Kurtz-Phelan picking up her third assist of the night along with Shannon Sylvester, who picked up her second point of the evening.

Sylvester put Middlebury on the board first when Tarrant and Kurtz-Phelan set her up at the 4:12 mark of the opening period for her seventh tally of the season and a 1-0 edge. That would be all the scoring in the opening period, but Erika Nakamura potted her fifth goal of the season at 10:34 of the middle period thanks to an assist from Randi Dumont and Lacey Farrell to increase the Panthers' lead to 2-0.

Ashley Bairos capped the scoring with her fifth score of the season with a helper from Molly Vitt and Nakamura at 9:29 of the final period to make it 5-0 in favor of the visitors.

Wright registered the shutout stopping all 22 shots on net as Middlebury owned a 55-22 shot advantage. Jessica Sams made a season-high 50 saves for UMass Boston.

Middlebury College (10-1-1) 1 2 2 5
UMass Boston (6-8-1) 0 0 0 0

Scoring - First Period: MC - Shannon Sylvester (Shannon Tarrant, Abby Kurtz-Phelan) 4:12.

Second Period: MC - Erika Nakamura (Randi Dumont, Lacey Farrell) 10:34. MC - Annmarie Cellino (Kurtz-Phelan, Tarrant) 18:25.

Third Period: MC - Cellino (Kurtz-Phelan, Sylvester) 3:15. MC - Ashley Bairos (Molly Vitt, Nakamura) 9:29 (pp).

Saves: MC- (Lani Wright) 22 UMB- (Jessica Sams) 50