Women's Hockey Blanks Colby In NESCAC Quarters
February 23, 2013
Middlebury has now advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for all 12 years of the tournament after a 6-0 quarterfinal win over Colby (10-15) in Kenyon Arena. The fourth-ranked Panthers (17-6-2) will host the NESCAC semifinals and finals next Saturday and Sunday in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers went 4-6 on the power play and held a 43-19 shots advantage in the game.
Middlebury opened the scoring with two goals in 10 seconds in the first period. Sara Ugalde netted her fifth of the year at 12:05 with a five-on-three goal. Emily Fluke sent a shot towards that goal that Lauren Greer redirected before Ugalde finished in front. Molly Downey struck on the power play 10 seconds later, tipping in a shot after a blast from Heather Marrison at the left point for her sixth of the season
The Panthers made it a 3-0 game 4:15 into the second period with a great goal from Hannah Bielawski on the power play. After taking a feed from Katie Sullivan, Bielawski carried the puck towards the goal before skating across the slot and scoring with a shot to the top left corner of the net for her ninth of the year. Middlebury netted its fourth of the game at the 15:39 mark, as Greer redirected a shot from Bielawski for her ninth of the season.
The offense continued in the third period when Sullivan scored her ninth of the year with a quick shot to the top right corner of the net. The advantage ballooned to 6-0 when Katie Mandigo earned her seventh of the season from the slot, converting a nice feed from Sullivan who was battling for the puck behind the net.
Annabelle Jones recorded 19 saves in goal to earn her second shutout of the season. Brianna Wheeler stopped 33 shots in 51:24 for Colby, while Angelica Crites made four stops in 8:36.