Women's Hockey Dispatches Wesleyan

January 5, 2013

Katie Mandigo tallied two goals and Jennifer Krakower scored one and set up another as Middlebury came from behind to top Wesleyan, 3-1, in NESCAC women's hockey action Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Arena.

Trailing 1-0 late in the second period, Mandigo rapped home a rebound off a shot by Krakower for the equalizer and 48 seconds later. Krakower fired home the go-ahead goal. Mandigo, a freshman from nearby Cornwall, Vt., added her second of the game midway through the final period to give the fourth-ranked Panthers (8-1-1, 5-0-1 NESCAC) their fourth straight victory and complete a weekend sweep of the pesky Cardinals (4-8-0, 1-5-0 NESCAC).

One day after Middlebury opened the game with a four-goal first period, Wesleyan senior goalie Ashleigh Corvi was outstanding in Saturday's first stanza stopping all 16 shots including several while killing three Cardinals penalties.

Corvi was solid again in the second period stopping many Middlebury scoring chances before Wesleyan's Hannah Jellinek broke through with the first goal of the game at 8:03. Alicia White caused a turnover on a forecheck just inside the Panthers blue line where Jellinek scooped up the loose puck and her high shot beat goalie Madeline Marsh to make it 1-0.

Corvi and Wesleyan's penalty killing units kept it a one-goal game before Mandigo tied it at 18:29, punching home a rebound off a Krakower's point blank shot with Hannah Bielawski also adding an assist on the power play goal, the Panthers first with an extra skater in six attempts. Krakower then snapped one past Corvi at 19:18 to give Middlebury its first lead converting from the right faceoff circle with by Molly Downey and Katie Sullivan.

Mandigo completed the scoring finishing Maggie Woodward's centering pass 12:34 into the third for her fourth of her first season and her first multi-goal game. McKenzie Martin, who had a goal and two assists in Friday night's 6-1 win, also picked up an assist.

Corvi, who stopped the Panthers first 33 shots of the contest, finished with 43 saves while at the other end, sophomore Madeline Marsh made five saves in picking up her second victory of the year in as many starts. Wesleyan killed five of six Middlebury power plays including a key 5-on-3 opportunity in the second period while going 0-4 with an extra skater.

Middlebury hosts Amherst next weekend while Wesleyan returns home to take on Bowdoin. Both teams play Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.