Women's Hockey Defeats Trinity

December 2, 2012

Middlebury goaltender Laura Pinsent made 34 saves in goal to lead visiting Middlebury to a 4-1 win over Trinity. The loss follows a 1-1 tie on Saturday and is the first loss of the season for Trinity, which falls to 2-1-2 overall and 1-1-2 in the NESCAC. The fourth-ranked Panthers improve to 4-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the league.

Middlebury’s MacKenzie Martin scored just 1:15 into the game to jumpstart a three-goal period for the Panthers, putting Trinity in too deep a hole to recover. Katie Mandigo scored her first career goal on the power play at the 8:44 mark, while Hannah Bielawski scored her team-leading fifth of the year at 13:19. Jennifer Krakower finished the game with two assists, while Bielawski also added a helper to go along with her tally.

Pinsent was solid in goal all afternoon long, coming up with key stops in the first and second period to prevent Trinity from closing the gap.

With the score at 1-0 in Middlebury’s favor, Trinity’s Rebecca Rosen made an athletic move in a showdown with Pinsent in a first period attempt to tie the game, but was denied. She also made big stops against Whitney Colbert, Emma Tani and Lucy Robinson on a one-timer attempt late in the period.

Trinity gained hope late in the second period when Rosen beat Pinsent for Trinity’s first goal, but Pinsent continued to frustrate the Bantams, as Tani took another try at the net with just over a minute remaining in the period, but missed wide on a breakaway attempt to bury the puck in the corner.

Trinity outshot Middlebury 35-28 in the game, and 10-5 in the third, but the Bantams did not match the efficiency of the Panthers shooting this afternoon.