Women's Hockey Wins Home-Opener
December 2, 2011
Middlebury scored a power play goal 7:43 into the second period and made it stand up, posting a 2-1 win over Trinity (1-3, 1-2) in their home-opener in Kenyon Arena. The third-ranked Panthers improve to 4-0-1 overall and 3-0 in NESCAC play, as they return to action tomorrow in game two of the series at 3:00 p.m.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 5:10 into the first period with Hannah Bielawski scoring her first career goal. After a shot from Madison Styrbicki went wide left, Bielawski picked up the puck in the corner and circled to the right face-off circle before snapping a wrister into the top left corner of the net.
Trinity tied the game at the 11:30 mark, with Lauren Glynn skating across the crease before scoring with a backhander to the top corner of the net. Trinity goaltender Alexa Pujol kept it a tie game at the 15-minute mark, denying Molly Downey with a big save after a feed from Bielawski.
Tied at 1-1 after one period, Middlebury had some good looks on a power play at 2:35, but could not take the lead. Panther Lauren Greer let a blast go eight minutes into the period, with it ringing off the crossbar and rebounding wide.
Trinity nearly took a 2-1 lead at 13:08 when Rebecca Rosen’s shot from the right point was deflected on its way to the net, but Middlebury’s Annabelle Jones was able to react and make the save. The period ended in a 1-1 tie with Middlebury holding a 16-7 shots advantage.
Middlebury scored the eventual game-winner at the 7:43 mark of the third, just 25 seconds into a power play. Greer fed a pass to Sara Ugalde in the slot, with the pass hitting Ugalde’s skate and deflecting off the post. Ugalde grabbed the rebound and quickly stuffed it home to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead with her second of the year.
The Bantams pulled Pujol for the final 47 seconds, but were unable to muster up a quality shot as Middlebury hung on for the win. Jones finished with nine saves for the Panthers, while Pujol made 21 as Middlebury held a 23-10 shots advantage.