Women's Hockey Drops Game One At Conn.
February 2, 2013
Caroline Corbett buried a shorthanded goal with 1:58 remaining to lift Connecticut College to a 3-2 upset victory against Middlebury at Dayton Arena Saturday. Samantha Shuffenecker scored twice while sophomore Kelsie Fralick stopped 39 of 41 shots against the fifth ranked Panthers, who suffered their first setback in this longstanding rivalry.
Middlebury’s Jennifer Krakower scored her third goal of the season while Emily Fluke potted her team leading 11th goal of the year for the Panthers. Hannah Bielawski dished out her conference leading 15th assist for the visitors. Laura Pinsent finished with 23 saves for the Panthers, who held a 41-26 advantage on the shot chart.
Krakower opened the scoring 2:33 into regulation when her shot from the right point went through the pads of Fralick. Shuffenecker got one back in the middle period when she went top shelf with a shot from the left circle with 3:37 remaining in the frame.
The Panthers out-shot the Camels 19-7 in the third period. With 7:38 remaining, Fluke put the Panthers back on top when she redirected a shot from Bielawski that came from the left dot. Madison Styrbicki had the second assist on the goal.
The Camels would not go away. With 4:10 to go, Shuffenecker scored the equalizer for the Camels with her shot from below the right circle to tie the game at 2-2.
The Camel defense continued to match the Panthers offensive intensity. The hosts were a perfect 3-3 on their penalty kill. Middlebury had one last power play that was awarded with 3:32 remaining in regulation. But Corbett was able to collect a steal in the neutral zone and the senior skated in alone and flipped one in with her backhand to put the Camels on top for good.
Middlebury had two more shots in the closing moments. Styrbicki fired a shot with 22 seconds left that was saved and then Fralick denied Bielawski on the visitors’ last shot with 8.1 seconds left.
The two teams will meet tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.