Women's Hockey Opens Season With Overtime Road Win

November 18, 2011

Despite 56 saves from Colby College goaltender Brianne Wheeler, Middlebury College made the 59th shot count in overtime as Maggie Melberg scored 1:57 into the extra period as the Panthers took a 3-2 season-opening win over the Mules on Friday night at Alfond Rink.

Wheeler made 38 saves in the first two periods and then stopped 16 shots in the final period.

Wheeler had stopped the original shot from the Panthers, but Melberg was on the right side of the goal and hit another shot that Wheeler got a glove on. The puck hit off her and trickled over the goal line.

Colby (0-1 overall, 0-1 NESCAC) scored first in the opening period when Meredith Reynolds converted off a pass from defender Kathy Shei at 11:15. However, the Panthers tied it up just over a minute later when Heather Marrison scored at 12:25 off an assist from Hannah Bielawski.

The Panthers (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) were on the power play to start the second period and quickly scored 32 seconds in off a score from Sara Ugalde assisted by Jennifer Krakower.

Annie Papadellis tallied 4:28 into the third period for Colby to knot the game at 2-2. First-year Jackie Tavella had her first career assist.

Laura Pinsent made 15 saves as the Panthers held a 59-17 shots advantage.