Women's Hockey Falls In Shootout

November 26, 2011

The Panther women's hockey team battled to a scoreless tie with Elmira in the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Plattsburgh. The #3 Panthers (2-0-1) will play the host school in the consolation game at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, while the #8 Soaring Eagles (5-1-1) will meet Amherst in the title game at 5:00 p.m.

The first two periods saw both teams up and down the ice. Middlebury held a slight 8-7 edge in shots after the first period, while Elmira had a 14-12 advantage after two. The Soaring Eagles stepped it up in the final period with 15 shots on goal while holding the Panthers to just three. Neither team was able to get a shot on net in the overtime period.

While the game lacked standout scoring opportunities, both goaltenders gave strong performances to preserve the shutout on each end. Elmira’s Lauren Sullivan recorded 15 stops and Middlebury’s Annabelle Jones finished the night with 29 saves.

Maggie Melberg’s shot went wide to the right of Sullivan for the Panther’s first attempt in the shootout. Middlebury’s second shooter, Hannah Bielawski, was the only Panther to score while Sullivan made a big save on the Panthers’ final shooter, Sara Ugalde.

On the Elmira side, Maddy Charbonneau’s shot sailed high in the first round of the shootout. Sophomores Tori Charron and Tanis Lamoureux both found the back of the net on their attempts to secure Elmira’s spot in Sunday’s championship game.