Middlebury

Women's Hockey Earns Shutout At Colby

November 16, 2013

For the third straight year after winning a one-goal game the previous night, Middlebury had it much easier the following day with a 4-0 road win over Colby in NESCAC women's hockey at Alfond Rink.

Middlebury (2-0 overall, 2-0 NESCAC) has had to battle for wins in the season opener against the Mules the past three years. The Panthers have earned 3-2, 3-2, and 2-1 victories. However, Middlebury took 6-0 and 5-1 victories over the past two years on the second day.

Colby (0-2 overall, 0-2 NESCAC) hurts its own cause with four penalties in the first period. The Panthers converted on the third power play chance when Katie Sullivan scored from the left side of the goal when she poked in a shot that had been banged around in front. Katie Mandigo and Hannah Bielawski had assists on the play.

The Panthers scored two goals in the first eight minutes of the second period to take control. Bielawski scored her first of the season at 4:53 from Sullivan and Jess Brownschidle, while Jane Freda netted her second goal of the young season at 7:22 from Allie Aiello and Sullivan.

Middlebury closed out the scoring on a pretty pass play with 8:39 left in the game. Aiello fed Bielawski on the left side of the rink near the boards. Bielawski's centering pass was one-timed by Kate Moreau for the score.

Annabelle Jones earned the Middlebury shutout with 22 saves, including half of them in the third period.  Brianne Wheeler made 38 saves for Colby.