Women's Hockey Earns Shutout Over N.E.C.
January 25, 2011
Middlebury won its third straight game as the seventh-ranked Panthers (11-3-1) picked up a 5-0 win over N.E.C. (8-5-3) in a non-conference match-up in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers return to NESCAC play this weekend when they visit Wesleyan and Trinity. The shutout is the second straight for Middlebury, after a 5-0 win at Williams on Saturday.
N.E.C. came out strong early, with pressure on the Middlebury net and a 5-0 shots advantage. Middlebury came back with some chances midway through the period, before breaking through at 11:54. Madison Styrbicki’s blast from the left point was deflected in by Grace Waters for her fourth of the season. The Panthers had another great chance shortly after the goal, but Styrbicki’s shot on a power play hit the pipe. After struggling early, Middlebury ended the period with a 17-9 shots advantage.
Middlebury doubled its lead 3:31 into the second period, when Lauren Greer netted her third of the season with a nice deke on a breakaway after a feed from Heidi Woodworth. The helper for Woodworth on the four-on-four goal tied her for the team-lead with seven.
The Panthers took a 3-0 advantage at the 14:11 mark of the second, with a great cross-crease pass in transition from Waters to Woodworth for her fourth of the season. Alexi Bloom kept the shutout intact moments later, with a great save as she stacked the pads on Rachel White.
Following a big save from Bloom on Kate Kellar, Julia Ireland netted her fifth of the year at the 4:55 mark of the third to make it a 4-0 game. Greer made a quick pass across the crease to Ireland in transition, as she buried the shot with a quick redirect.
N.E.C. had its best chance of the game at the 7:35 mark, but Chelsea Torrico’s shot, which was crossing the goal line, was cleared by Middlebury’s Eliza Butler.
Middlebury took advantage of a five-minute major on the Pilgrims, with a power play tally at the 11:52 mark. Maria Bourdeau worked the puck to Heather Marrison, whose blast was tipped in by Madeline Joyce for her first career goal.
Alexi Bloom ended the game with 18 saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season and 12th of her career. Teraysa White made 38 stops on the other end of the ice for the Pilgrims.