Women's Hockey Falls In OT
January 3, 2010
In a tournament featuring winners of all eight Division III national champions in tournament history, Middlebury hosted the fifth annual Panther/Cardinal Classic at Kenyon Arena. Elmira ('02, '03) and Middlebury ('04, '05, '06) met in the first game on Sunday morning, with Plattsburgh ('07, '08) and Amherst ('09) meeting in the second match-up. All four teams are currently ranked in the top five nationally: Plattsburgh (1), Amherst (2), Middlebury (3), Elmira (5). Elmira earned a 3-2 overtime win over Middlebury in the first game of the day, advancing to the championship game on Monday at 4:00 p.m. against Amherst. Middlebury will take part in the third-place game at 7:00 vs. Plattsburgh.
Elmira took a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power play goal at the 13:35 mark. Jamie Kivi sent the puck in from the point, as Caitlin Metcalf finished off a short rebound in front.
Middlebury had a pair of great chances to score in the second period, as Anna McNally was denied on an open break-in with a nice glove save from Lauren Sullivan. Maggie Melberg was stopped on a shorthanded breakaway attempt, after blocking a shot from the point and winning a race to the puck. The Panthers finally broke through at 10:56 as Ashley Bairos finished off a loose puck on the power play, after a shot had been saved. The Soaring Eagles had an opportunity to regain the lead with 1:30 left in the second, but Jillayne DeBus was stopped by Alexi Bloom on a breakaway. Elmira did enter the second intermission with a 2-1 lead, after a great redirection from Karen Colehour on a feed from Metcalf for a power play goal at 19:30.
Middlebury tied the game 2:25 into the third period, when Madison Styrbicki ripped a shot from the top of the zone after a pass from Lauren Green for a power play goal. Elmira had two power play opportunities in the period, but the best chance to score came from Bairos of Middlebury, who was stopped on breakaway at the 8:30 mark.
Elmira went on the power play 58 seconds into overtime, but was unable to muster up any quality chances. Just 14 seconds after the power play expired, Metcalf made a quick feed from the goal line to Alex Bresler in the slot, who buried the game-winner with a quick one-timer at the 3:12 mark of overtime.
Sullivan made 19 saves in goal to earn the win, while Bloom made 20 stops for the Panthers.