Women's Hockey With NESCAC Win At Bowdoin

January 6, 2007

Abby Kurtz-Phelan scored twice to lead Middlebury to a 4-1 victory over Bowdoin on Saturday in Brunswick. The Panthers (8-1-0) are ranked second in the latest national poll, while the Polar Bears (6-3-1) are ranked 10th.

Bowdoin got on the board first, as leading scorer Meghan Gillis tucked a wrap-around back-hander past Middlebury netminder Lani Wright just over three minutes into the game to give the hosts a 1-0 edge. That would be all Middlebury would allow, however, as they scored four straight times to seal the win.

The Panthers evened the score just 18 seconds into the second stanza when Kurtz-Phelan received a pass in front from Shannon Sylvester and slapped it home to deadlock the game. Later in the frame, Middlebury took advantage of a powerplay as Erika Nakamura knocked home a rebound to give the visitors a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame.

After Bowdoin earned a powerplay midway through the period, Annmarie Cellino intercepted a pass and tallied a shorthanded goal to push the lead to 3-1 at 10:32. Kurtz-Phelan sealed the victory with an empty-netter at 18:58. Wright stopped 18 shots in the win, while Bowdoin's Samantha Schwager made 17 saves. After splitting the previous ten meetings (4-4-2), the Panthers have won five straight in their rivalry with the Polar Bears.