Late Goal Earns Women's Hockey Tie With Plattsburgh

February 4, 2009

Middlebury's Maggie Melberg scored with just 11 seconds remaining to lead #3 Middlebury to a 2-2 tie with #2 Plattsburgh in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers extend their unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2) as the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie for the second time this season, keeping the all-time series even at 7-7-2.

Neither team found the back of the net in the first period, as Plattsburgh held a 12-5 shots advantage. The Cardinals put some pressure on in the 13th minute, as Alexi Bloom denied Claire O'Connor on a breakaway. Both teams had failed power plays in the period as they entered the locker room scoreless.

Danielle Blanchard had a great chance for Plattsburgh 4:30 into the second period, but her shorthanded breakaway was denied as Bloom stacked her pads. The Panthers got on the board first at 7:24 as Erika Nakamura broke in on the left wing and scored cutting to the goal. Plattsburgh answered just 50 seconds later as Stephanie Moberg came from behind the net and quickly slid a shot into the back of the net. The Cardinals earned a penalty shot at the 13-minute mark, but Lindsay Brown was denied by a poke-check save by Bloom. Plattsburgh took the lead late in the period as Blanchard scored on the power play, putting home a rebound after a shot from Moberg was saved. The Panthers ended the period with an 8-7 lead in shots on goal.

Plattsburgh maintained the lead until the final minute when Middlebury pulled Bloom and later called a timeout. Randi Dumont won the face-off to Nakamura, who poked the puck to the slot where Maggie Melberg tied the game with just 11 seconds remaining.

An uneventful overtime saw each team with one shot on goal as the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Bloom ended the night with 24 saves, while Danielle Beattie made 16 stops for the Cardinals.

Date: February 4, 2009 - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Plattsburgh (14-3-2) 0 2 0 0 2
Middlebury (11-1-4) 0 1 1 0 2

M-2nd (7:24) - Erika Nakamura (MacKenzie Stevens)
P-2nd (8:16) - Stephanie Moberg (Danielle Blanchard, Shay
P-2nd (17:52) - PP: Blanchard (Moberg, O'Connor)
M-3rd (19:49) - Maggie Melberg (Nakamura, Randi Dumont)

Alexi Bloom (63:50 min., 24 saves, 2 GA)
Danielle Beattie-P (65 min., 16 saves, 2 GA)