Four Third Period Goals Lifts Women's Hockey Past Elmira

November 30, 2013

Middlebury scored three goals in the final 3:24 of the game to pick up a 5-3 win over Elmira (5-2-1) on day one of the ninth annual Panther/Cardinal Classic in Kenyon Arena. This year’s classic features the winners of 10 of the 12 NCAA Championships. Middlebury and Elmira have met in two NCAA Championship games, with the Panthers winning in ’04 and the Soaring Eagles taking home the title a year ago. Both teams return to action tomorrow when Elmira plays Amherst at 1:00 and Middlebury hosts Plattsburgh at 4:00.

Second-ranked Middlebury (5-0) took a 1-0 lead 11:41 into the game with a power play goal. Hannah Bielawki skated from the top of the circle to the high slot before wristing a shot past Lisa Marshall for her second of the season.

Fourth-ranked Elmira answered late in the period with a power play goal of their own. Ashley Ryan skated in on the right circle and sent a pass to Ashton Hogan who redirected the puck into the back of the net for her fifth of the year.

The Panthers looked to regain the lead early in the second period on the power play, but Kate Moreau’s shot from the right point hit the post. The Soaring Eagles also hoped to move on top midway through the period, but Panther goaltender Annabelle Jones denied Hogan on a breakaway with a nice glove save.

Elmira went ahead 13:26 into the period with a four-on-four goal. Tanis Lamoreaux skated in on the right side before scoring with a shot under the arm of Jones for her fifth of the season. The Panthers threatened late in the period, but entered the third with a 2-1 deficit despite outshooting their opponents 14-6 in the second period.

Middlebury tied the game at 2-2 4:50 into the second period. Victoria Laven centered the puck to Katie Sullivan for a quick one-timer in the slot for her team-leading fifth of the season.

Elmira came right back at the 9:13 mark, tying the game at 3-3 with a power play goal. Lamoureaux had the puck on the left side before sending a cross to Hogan for a quick touch just outside the crease.

The Panthers took advantage of a -too many players on the ice- penalty with 3:24 remaining, knotting the game at 3-3. Carly Watson earned the first of her career with a slap shot from the left point that beat Lisa Marshall.

Sara Ugalde scored the game-winner just 1:24 later with 2:00 left in the contest. A shot from the top by Julia Wardwell hit a defender and bounced to Ugalde on the left side. Her shot deflected in off a defender to put the Panthers up, 4-3. Bielawski netted her second of the game just over center ice on an empty net with three seconds remaining to seal the win.

Middlebury finished with a 32-20 shots advantage in the contest as both teams went 2-6 on the power play. Jones made 17 saves for the Panthers, while Marshall earned 27 stops for the Soaring Eagles.