Women's Hockey Tops Elmira In OT
November 24, 2012
Hannah Bielawski scored 1:10 into overtime to lift Middlebury to a 4-3 win over fourth-ranked Elmira (7-1-1) at the Panther/Cardinal Classic in Kenyon Arena. The second-ranked Panthers improve to 3-0 with the victory. Both teams return to action tomorrow when Elmira takes on Amherst at 1:00 p.m. and Middlebury meets Plattsburgh at 4:00 p.m.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 3:53 into the game after Lauren Greer took the puck away from her opponent. She then fed Katie Sullivan who saw her shot saved by Lauren Sullivan before Greer put home the rebound. The Panthers looked to take a two-goal lead at 14:38, but a feed from Emily Fluke to Anna Van Kula was denied with a great stop from Sullivan. Elmira tied the game at the 18:36 mark when Tanis Lamoureux found the back of the net for the 2-1 lead.
The Soaring Eagles took a 2-1 lead 1:40 into the second period when Katie Gaskin fed Ashton Hogan who drove to the goal and scored. Elmira made it a two-goal game at 11:01 with a power play goal from Brooke Wilgosh that deflected in off a skate. The Panthers came right back with a power play tally of their own at 12:59, cutting the lead to 3-2. Sara Ugalde got the puck to the left point where Heather Marrison ripped home a slapshot. Elmira nearly extended its lead minutes later, but a hard wrister on a breakaway from Hogan hit the crossbar. Hogan fed Ashley Ryan late in the period in a two-on-one, but her open wrister went high.
Middlebury failed on its first three power plays of the third period, but were able to tie the game on their fourth attempt, which came on a five-minute major. Molly Downey sent the puck towards goal that was tipped on by Ugalde before Greer stuffed home the rebound on the far post. The power play was cut short by a Panther penalty, but Madeline Joyce nearly gave Middlebury the lead with a minute to go, but was denied on a breakaway by a pad save from Sullivan. The period ended in a 3-3 tie with Middlebury heading into overtime with a 53 second power play.
Middlebury went on the power play just one minute into overtime, with Bielawski’s game-winner coming after a scramble in the crease area. The Panthers ended the game with a 32-21 shots advantage, including a 13-2 margin in the third period. Laura Pinsent finished the game with 18 saves to earn the win, while Sullivan made 28 stops for the Soaring Eagles.