Women's Hockey Cruises Past N.E.C.

February 7, 2012

Middlebury picked up a 7-1 non-league road win at N.E.C. on Tuesday night at Lee Clement Arena.  With the loss, the Pilgrims fall to 7-12-2 overall, while the win boosts the #7 Panthers to 16-2-2 on the season.

Middlebury scored one first period goal, coming at the 12:29 mark by Lauren Greer.  The Panthers tallied six goals in the second period as Hannah Bielawski, Madison Styrbicki, Jennifer Krakower, Sara Ugalde, Heather Marrison and Kate Moreau all notched single tallies to give the Panthers the 7-0 advantage after two periods of play.

Pilgrims goaltender Lauren Hopps posted 14 saves in the third period to hold the Panthers scoreless.  NEC’s Avery Kaufmann  collected a pass from Amanda Grenier  and slipped it past Middlebury goaltender Becca Shaw with 1:51 remaining in the game to snap the Panther’s shutout attempts. 

NEC goaltender Kristen Conners  made 12 saves in the loss in 29:19 of action before giving way to Hopps, who earned 17 saves in the remaining 30:41 of action. Middlebury goaltender Laura Pinsent posted eight saves over two periods of action before Shaw entered the game in relief, tallying three saves. 

Middlebury wrapped up the game finishing 4-6 on the power play, while NEC did not score with the extra skater in three attempts. Marrison and Ugalde each finished with a goal and two assists, while Maggie Melberg had three helpers.

New England College returns to action on Friday when it hosts Plymouth State University in ECAC action at 4:00 p.m. Middlebury College is also in action on Friday, traveling to Williams College for a 4:30 p.m. NESCAC matchup