Women's Hockey Tops Hamilton

January 28, 2012

Lauren Greer posted a goal and an assist to lead #4 Middlebury to a 2-1 win over Hamilton in game two of a NESCAC series at Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 28. The Panthers avenged a 2-1 overtime loss to the Continentals at Hamilton on Friday night. Hannah Bielawski scored the other goal for the Panthers, and now leads the team with 17 points. Katie Sullivan posted two assists, while Maggie Melberg added one. Annabelle Jones made 24 saves in net to earn the win.

Laura DiCarlo scored her sixth goal of the season for the Continentals. Meredith Bitterman tallied her team-leading ninth assist, while Abby Runyon added another. Becca Hazlett stopped 25 shots.

Middlebury (13-2-2 overall, 10-2-0 NESCAC) opened the scoring just 5:04 into the first period. Sullivan played the puck behind the left side of the goal to Melberg, who sent a pass to Greer in front for a one-timer into the back of the net. Greer is now tied for the team-lead with eight goals.

The Panthers stretched their lead to 2-0 at 9:04 of the period when Bielawski banged home a rebound following a shot by Greer that was initially saved. Middlebury led 2-0 at the first intermission.

Jones made several strong saves during the second period to preserve the Panthers' lead. She made a blocker stop on a backhand shot by Stephanie Lang at 3:45, and another sliding save on a backhand effort by Jill Tokarczyk with 4:10 left. The Panthers led 2-0 at the second intermission.

Hamilton (7-9-0, 4-6) cut its deficit in half on DiCarlo's power-play goal at 5:40 of the third. Runyon played the puck across the blue line to Bitterman for a one-time slap shot from the left point that was initially saved. DiCarlo was there to pound home the rebound for her second goal in as many nights against the Panthers.

Hazlett kept the score at 2-1 with a pair of saves on an effort by Emily Fluke in front with 3:50 to play. Hazlett was pulled for an extra skater with 1:19 to play, but the Continentals were unable to score the tying goal.

Middlebury held a 27-25 shot advantage and went 0-3 on the power play, while Hamilton was 1-2.