Women's Hockey Tops Manhattanville - Advances To Semifinals
March 12, 2011
Middlebury has advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four for the sixth time after a 1-0 shutout victory over Manhattanville (19-8-1) in an first-round game played in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (22-4-1) will take on R.I.T. in one semifinal on March 18th at 7:00, while Gustavus Adolphus meets Norwich in the other semifinal at 3:30. Games will be played at R.I.T. in Rochester, N.Y.
Middlebury outshot Manhattanville 30-20 in the game as Panther netminder Alexi Bloom earned her school-record 11th shutout of the season with 20 saves.
Neither team scored in the first period, with each having a failed power play opportunity. The period ended with the Panthers holding a 12-6 shots advantage.
Middlebury had an opportunity 7:00 into the second period, but Sara Uglade was denied by Emy Cote before Lauren Greer was also turned away. Grace Waters just missed a top shelf shot at the 13:00 mark on the power play, before the Valiants followed with a great opportunity late in the period. Katie Little made a crossing pass to Lynsey Schill whose redirect was denied by Alexi Bloom. The second period ended scoreless with the Panthers holding a 19-12 shots advantage.
Manhattanville had a chance on the power play 7:30 into the third, as Hannah Muskego’s shot hit her teammate Shannon Coffey before deflecting off Bloom’s shoulder. Bloom followed a minute later with a big glove save on Holly Nonis to keep the game scoreless.
The Panthers broke through at the 13:59 mark, with Maggie Woodward scoring her fourth of the season, with assists going to Nora Bergman (9) and Madison Styrbicki (team-leading 17th). Strybricki’s shot from the right point tipped Bergman before it was saved by Cote. Woodward was there for the rebound to finish and give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Manhattanville pulled Cote with 44 seconds remaining, but was unable to muster up a scoring threat as Middlebury held on for the 1-0 win. Cote finished the game with 29 saves.