Women's Hockey Wins Home-Opener

December 1, 2006

Middlebury improved to 4-1 on the season as the three-time defending NCAA Champions defeated Connecticut College 6-0 in the team's home-opener. The Panthers scored three second period goals to put the game out of reach, out shooting the Camels 38-10 on the night.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead just 1:08 into the game with a power play goal. Ashley Bairos found the back of the net as her shot trickled through the pads of Lauren Mellen. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead at 16:50 as Bairos scored another power play goal, this one from the left point.

Shannon Sylvester put home a rebound after a Molly Vitt shot 4:26 into the second period to make it a 3-0 game. Just over three minutes later, Clare Zutz found Randi Dumont in the low slot for a goal, before Emily Nakamura made it a 5-0 game when she scored on her own rebound at 14:04 in the second period.

Middlebury's Jessica Bennett scored the only goal of third period as she slid a shot over the goal line after Nakamura's shot had been saved.

Angie Todd ended the night with 10 saves to earn the win, while Lauren Mellen made 32 saves for the Camels.

Date: December 1, 2006 - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Conn. Coll. (1-3) 0 0 0 - 0
Middlebury (4-1) 2 3 1 - 6

M-1st (1:08) - PP: Ashley Bairos (Annmarie Cellino, Shannon Tarrant)
M-1st (16:50) - PP: Bairos (Alison Graddock, Tarrant)
M-2nd (4:26) - Shannon Sylvester (Molly Vitt, Gillian Paul)
M-2nd (7:28) - Randi Dumont (Clare Zutz, Margaret MacDonald)
M-2nd (14:04) - Erika Nakamura (Heather McCormack)
M-3rd (13:08) - PP: Jessica Bennett (Nakamura, Karen Levin)

Angie Todd-M (60 min., 10 saves, 0 GA)
Lauren Mellen-C (60 min., 32 saves, 6 GA)