Women's Hockey Settles For Tie Trinity

December 1, 2012

Middlebury outshot Trinity 45-21 but had to settle for a 1-1 road tie in game one of a two game series on Saturday. The fourth-ranked Panthers (3-1-1, 2-0-1) return to action on Sunday with a 3:00 p.m. start against the Bantams (2-0-2, 1-0-2). Trinity’s Hillary McNamara scored the game-tying goal with 12:14 left in the third period and goaltender Alexa Pujol finished with 44 saves in the game.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead with 3:42 left in the opening period when Molly Downey scored from Emily Fluke and Hannah Bielawski on a power play.  Trinity held a 9-5 edge on shots after one period, but the Panthers peppered Pujol with 40 shots without a goal over the next 45 minutes. Trinity nearly tied it with just under five minutes left in the second, but Middlebury’s Annabelle Jones made one of her 20 saves with a glove stab behind her body against Trinity’s Lucy Robinson on a breakaway.

McNamara netted the Bantam goal off a pass from behind the net by Whitney Colbert, while Lauren Fitzgerald also had a helper on the play. Pujol made multiple saves to help stave off a Panther power play later in the second period, and stopped Fluke one-on-one  on the final bid of regulation with three seconds on the clock.  The Trinity blueliners blocked three shots and Pujol made two saves while playing the last 1:50 of the overtime with three skaters against four.