Six Third Period Goals Lifts Middlebury Over Williams

January 15, 2008

Middlebury exploded for six goals in the first 6:13 of the third period to break open a 1-1 tie on its way to a 7-1 win over Williams. The Panthers extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1) and return to play this weekend with a pair at Trinity. The Ephs fall to 1-9-1 and will play two at Neumann this weekend. The game also featured Middlebury head coach Bill Mandigo facing his daughter Erin, a rookie on the Williams squad.

Following a scoreless first period, Williams took a 1-0 lead on a power play goal just 22 seconds into the second period. Kat O'Brien scored the goal as her shot slipped past a screened Lexi Bloom. Middlebury answered at 3:40 as Karen Levin finished a goal from the right side.

The Panthers opened up the game early in the third with six goals, including four in a 1:15 span. Erika Nakamura scored on a rebound after a shot from the left point by Lacey Farrell was saved. Jessica Bennett followed, as she lifted a backhander from the right side of the crease. Anna McNally scored the third goal, finishing a rebound after a pair of shots were saved by Denise McCulloch. The duo switched spots 12 seconds later for a 5-1 lead, before Heather McCormack scored with a wrister from the left wing. Farrell scored the final goal of the spurt with a feed from Molly Vitt.

Seven different players scored goals in the game, with Farrell picking up three helpers. Bloom ended the game with 10 saves, while McCulloch and Elizabeth Laurin combined to make 34 saves for the Ephs.

Date: January 15, 2008 - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Williams (1-9-1) 0 1 0 - 1
Middlebury (10-1-1) 0 1 6 - 7

W-2nd (:22) - PP: Kat O'Brien (Caralyn Quan, Tracey Ferriter)
M-2nd (3:40) - Karen Levin (Jessica Bennett, Lacey Farrell)
M-3rd (:56) - Erika Nakamura (Molly Vitt, Farrell)
M-3rd (3:20) - Bennett (Farrell)
M-3rd (4:58) - Anna McNally (Annmarie Cellino)
M-3rd (5:10) - Cellino (McNally)
M-3rd (5:22) - Heather McCormack
M-3rd (6:13) - Farrell (Vitt, Levin)

Lexi Bloom-M (60 min., 10 saves, 1 GA)
Denise McCulloch-W (46:13 min., 31 saves, 7 GA)
Elizabeth Laurin-W (13:47 min., 3 saves, 0 GA)