Middlebury

Women's Hockey Falls To Norwich

February 15, 2011

In the first meeting between the two schools in Kenyon Arena, #3 Norwich pulled out a 3-2 victory over #4 Middlebury (16-4-1), ending the Panthers winning streak at eight games. The victory extends the Cadets (19-3-1) unbeaten streak to 13 games (12-0-1), and 2-0 all-time vs. Middlebury.

Middlebury had a chance early on with a power play at the 4:41 mark. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Cadets had a pair of golden opportunities shorthanded. After blocking a shot, Sophie Leclerc picked up the puck and broke in alone where Middlebury netminder Alexi Bloom was able to poke-check the puck away. Moments later, Julie Fortier was stopped on another breakaway attempt.

Norwich broke through at the 13:01 mark when Jillayne DeBus netted her 14th of the year with some nifty moves breaking to the goal. The Panthers had another unsuccessful power play later in the period, as Norwich finished the first 20 minutes with a 10-3 shots advantage.

Middlebury tied the game 2:58 into the second period, when Grace Waters netted her eighth of the year. Jennifer Krakower made a nice pass across the slot to Waters, who quickly redirected the puck into the net.

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead at 9:39, with a nice backhanded pass from behind the net by Madeline Joyce to an open Sarah Ugalde in the slot. Norwich came back 1:39 later and tied the game when Fortier netted her 17th of the season after a pair of quick moves driving to the crease. The period ended in a 2-2 tie with six shots apiece in the second frame.

Middlebury appeared to take the lead at the 11:58 mark of the third period, but Ugalde’s goal was waved off after it was ruled the puck was kicked into the net. Just 1:07 later, Norwich netted the game-winner when Melissa Rundlett scored from the slot after a nice feed from the left wing by Renee Lortie.

Middlebury took a late penalty and was unable to pull Bloom (20 saves) in favor of an extra attacker. Cindy Fortin picked up the win for Norwich, making 11 saves on the night.

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