Women's Hockey Falls In OT At Hamilton

January 27, 2012

Laura DiCarlo scored with 10.6 seconds left in overtime as Hamilton upset fourth-ranked Middlebury 2-1 in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 27.

Stephanie Lang was credited with her seventh assist of the season on DiCarlo's game-winner. Katie Zimmerman tied it at 1-1 with 6:19 left in the third period when she scored a short-handed goal. Zimmerman leads the NESCAC with 14 goals. Becca Hazlett made 41 saves.

Katie Sullivan scored the goal for the Panthers as Grace Waters and Maggie Melberg were each credited with an assist. Annabelle Jones made 24 saves in net.

Lang collected a loose puck at the Hamilton blue line and sent a pass ahead to DiCarlo at center ice. DiCarlo gathered the puck, skated in alone on goal, and lifted a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Jones to seal the victory. It was the fifth goal of the season for DiCarlo, and the 15th of her Hamilton career.

Zimmerman's game-tying goal was the Continentals' first short-handed tally of the season. After stealing the puck at Hamilton's blue line, Zimmerman skated in alone on net and slid the puck between the legs of Jones. The Continentals successfully killed four penalties, and Hazlett made 18 saves in the third period.

Middlebury (12-2-2 overall, 9-2-0 NESCAC) had a good opportunity to take the lead when Madison Styrbicki fired a wrist shot from between the circles that clanged off the right post at 12:21 of the first period. The game was scoreless through the first intermisison.

Sullivan's goal gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 7:49 of the second period. Melberg played the puck to between the circles to Waters, who fired a shot that was initially saved by Hazlett. But Sullivan was there to bang home the rebound for her fifth goal of the season. Middlebury led 1-0 at the second intermission.

Middlebury held a 42-26 shot advantage. The Panthers were 0-8 on the power play, while the Continentals were 0-5.

Hamilton hosts Middlebury for another NESCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m.