Greer's Hat-Trick Leads Women's Hockey Past St. Anselm

January 24, 2012

Middlebury’s Lauren Greer scored three times as the fourth-ranked Panthers held off Saint Anselm 4-2 in non-conference women's hockey action Tuesday night at Kenyon Arena. The Panthers won their fourth straight to improve to 12-1-2 and stopped the six-game winning streak of the Hawks (12-5-0). Middlebury returnss to NESCAC action traveling to Hamilton this Friday and Saturday.

Greer, a junior forward who led the Panthers a year ago with 14 goals, had just four coming into the contest before recording her first hat trick of the season. Twice in the third period she answered goals by the Hawks that had cut the margin to one.

The Panthers had an edge in the play in the opening stanza and drew first blood on Hannah Bielawski's fifth of the season at 16:26. A low wrist shot by Bielawski, from the left point on the power play, snuck through goalmouth traffic past Saint Anselm goalie Amy Zappen to make it 1-0. Libby Miner and Maggie Melberg assisted on the goal with Melberg extending her point-streak to nine games.

Middlebury added another early in the middle period on Greer's first of the night at 3:32. She took a feed from Emily Fluke in the left corner and skated to the low slot where she snapped a low drive past Zappen for her fifth of the year.

Consistent pressure by Saint Anselm produced its first goal of the evening when Rosemarie Giarusso converted a three-way passing play to make it 2-1 at 8:42 of the third. Feeds by Courtney Winters and Kathryn Picarello worked the puck to Giarrusso for a tap-in at the left post. Greer countered at 12:07 on the power play as she tipped a shot from Madison Strybicki past Zappen.

Saint Anselm had chances by Franny Nicholson and Picarello turned aside by Middlebury's Becca Shaw before a power play goal by Tiffany Herron, on an assist from Andi Foss, again made it a one-goal game with 1:35 to play. It was Greer again answering just 36 seconds later on an end-to-end rush to complete her hat trick. Fluke added her second assist of the contest on the play.

Middlebury finished with a 21-16 advantage in shots as Zappen had 18 stops for the Hawks. Shaw had 14 saves, 13 after the first period. Middlebury went 2-4 with an extra skater while Saint Anselm converted once in two opportunities.

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