Women's Hockey Cruises Past Wesleyan
January 9, 2010
Ending a brief three-game skid this season, all against nationally ranked teams, Middlebury (6-3, 5-1 NESCAC) gradually pulled away from its host Wesleyan (1-9, 0-7) for a 6-0 women's ice hockey victory. Maria Bourdeau and Lauren Greer led the Panthers with a goal and an assist apiece as 11 players contributed to Middlebury's six tallies. The win kept the Panthers unbeaten streak intact vs. Wesleyan as Middlebury has never lost (40-0-3) in the 43 meetings of the teams dating back to 1979.
It took the Panthers 15:04 to get on the board in the first period as Anna McNally did the honors with her team-leading eighth goal of the season. She followed up her own shot from the right side which was stopped by Cardinal goalie Ashleigh Corvi (49 saves) and put home the rebound. That was all the scoring during the opening period.
A power-play goal, one of two on the day by Middlebury, at 9:45 of the second upped the margin to 2-0. Once again, it was a rebound which Julia Ireland shot in from the right side for her fifth seasonal goal after an initial shot by Heather Marrison was saved by Corvi. Maggie Woodward made it a 3-0 game at 14:48 as she found a wide-open net in front of her from eight feet after a shot from the left side found its way through a crowd. Wesleyan scored its lone goal at 16:03 from Leah Coe, her first of the campaign, on a flip from the point after she got a drop pass from Julia Mulhern while Wesleyan was on a power-play.
The third period was a 3-0 frame for the Panthers with Maggie Melberg, Bourdeau and Greer all finding the net. Melberg's was a power-play marker and Greer's came on a nifty redirect from the left circle with just two seconds remaining.
With a 55-11 edge in shots, Middlebury controlled the game's tempo. Alexi Bloom made 10 saves in lowering her goals-against average to a mere 1.73.