Middlebury

Women's Hockey Wins Home-Opener In OT

November 22, 2013

Middlebury’s Emily Fluke scored her first goal of the season 1:18 into overtime, giving the second-ranked Panthers (3-0, 3-0) a 3-2 win over Trinity (1-1-1, 1-1-1) in the team’s home-opener in Kenyon Arena. The teams will go back at it on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. face-off.

Middlebury struck first 11:21 into the first period when Katie Sullivan circled the net and moved to the left wing. Mackenzie Martin was streaking towards the goal and the right side and scored with a wrister to put her team up 1-0.

Sullivan gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead 9:58 into the second period with a power play goal. After a shot from the right side by Kate Moreau had been saved, Sullivan saw her first shot denied by a glove save from Kristen Maxwell. She patiently gathered the rebound and flipped a shot high into the net for her second of the year.

Trinity followed with a goal just 12 seconds later and then tied it up just 1:03 after getting on the board. Emily Riccio scored the first goal, tipping in a shot after the puck was sent in from the right point by Emma Tani. The Bantams took advantage of a Panther turnover shortly thereafter, as Cheeky Herr skated in on the left side and scored with a wrister to knot the game at 2-2 at the 11:13 mark.

Each team had some good looks in the third period, but Maxwell and Panther netminder Annabelle Jones kept it a 2-2 game. Middlebury had a power play with 2:21 remaining, but was unable to get things set up, as the game went into overtime. The Panthers nearly ended the game as the power play expired, but Jennifer Krakower’s shot from the high slot hit the crossbar.

Fluke’s game-winner came on the left side after taking a pass from Carly Schader. She scored from the middle of the face-off circle with a snipe to the top left corner of the net, just over the shoulder of Maxwell.

Jones finished with 20 saves in goal to earn the win, while Maxwell made 27 stops for Trinity.