Women's Hockey Knocked Off By R.I.T.

February 8, 2009

Middlebury saw its 10-game (8-0-2) unbeaten streak come to an end as they fell 4-2 on Sunday at R.I.T. (17-2-2). The Tigers knock off their second straight NESCAC team after topping Amherst 4-1 on Saturday.

RIT led 3-2 late in the third period, when senior goaltender Sandra Grant made a handful of tremendous saves, including a point-blank glove save on Middlebury¹s Grace Waters with 1:55 left in regulation.

The Panthers pulled their goalie immediately after and tried to get the tying goal, but Grant made a few other saves. Katie Stack put the game away, blocking a shot at the RIT blue-line, fending off a defenseman through the neutral zone and floating a backhander into the empty net with 50 seconds left.
Grant was tremendous in net for RIT, stopping 30 shots, while Alexi Bloom made 23 saves for Middlebury.

RIT got on the board just 1:01 in, as Sarah Dagg tapped in a loose puck at the side of the net for her 15th goal of the season. Stack centered a pass from behind the Panthers net that went off the stick of Bloom, bounced off Keltie Jones at the right side of the net, right to Dagg at the other side of the goal.

The Tigers upped their lead to 2-0 on the power-play at the 8:12 mark, as Missy Hall ripped a wrist shot off the shoulder of Bloom and just under the crossbar from the left face-off circle. Erica Owczarczak and Maegan Geypens assisted on the goal.

Middlebury cut the RIT lead in half later in the period, as Middlebury caused a turnover in the neutral zone and zoomed in on a 2-on-1. Nora Bergman¹s initial shot from the right side was stopped by Grant, but the rebound caromed to a streaking Heather McCormack, who slid the puck home for her sixth goal of the season.

Middlebury out-shot RIT 9-8 over the opening 20 minutes of play. The two teams traded second period, as RIT held a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.

RIT's Ali Hills made a great rush up the right wing and found Kylie Mazzetta, who beat the defender up ice, crashing the net. Mazzetta tipped the pass in to give RIT a 3-1 lead with 3:57 left in the second period. The goal was Mazzetta¹s 10th of the season.

Bergman got Middlebury back to within one, 3-2, 2:20 later on the power-play. Randi Dumont took a slap-shot from the right point that was tipped by McCormack. Grant made the initial save, but the puck caromed to Bergman at the side of the Tiger net, who tapped in the rebound for her fifth goal of the year.

McCormack and Bergman each had a goal and an assist to lead the Panthers. The four goals allowed by the Panthers are the most they have allowed in a game this season.

The Tigers are now 3-2-1 against nationally-ranked teams this season. They defeated #3 Middlebury, #6 Amherst and #2 SUNY Plattsburgh.