Women's Hockey Edges Utica
January 10, 2012
Middlebury outshot Utica 41-19, edging the Pioneers (6-8) by a slim 2-1 score in a non-league game played in Kenyon Arena. The fourth-ranked Panthers (8-0-2) return to action this Friday and Saturday with a key two-game NESCAC set at Amherst. Utica next plays on Saturday and Sunday with a home and home with Potsdam.
Following a scoreless first period which saw Middlebury with a 16-4 shots advantage, the Panthers took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal 7:24 into the second session. Madeline Joyce fed Hannah Bielawski at the right point, as she sent in a shot towards goal. Maggie Woodward tipped in the blast for her fifth of the season. Bielawski picked up her team-best eighth assist on the tally, while Joyce earned her fifth.
The Panthers made it a 2-0 game with a five-on-three power play goal at the 14:58 mark of the second period. Maggie Melberg’s shot from the left side was deflected, falling to Sara Ugalde in the high slot. Ugalde gathered the puck and snapped a wrister into the top right corner of the net for her team-leading fourth power play and sixth goal of the season, both team highs. Bielawski earned her second assist of the game, increasing her total to nine on the season. The period ended with Middlebury holding a 31-10 shots advantage and a 2-0 lead.
Utica got on the board 8:39 into the third period, making it a 2-1 game. Kelsey Dowdall’s shot from the right side was saved by Laura Pinsent, with the rebound falling to Megan Myers who buried her team-leading seventh of the year. The Pioneers had an immediate two-minute power play following the goal, but were unable to tie the game up.
Pinsent finished the game with 18 saves to move to 4-0, while Jennifer Hamel made 39 stops for Utica.