Mandigo's Overtime Winner Lifts Women's Hockey Past Elmira
January 4, 2014
Katie Mandigo streaked down the left side and sent a laser beam into the top left corner of the Elmira goal lifting No. 2 Middlebury to an exciting 3-2 victory versus No. 4 Elmira Saturday evening inside Kenyon Arena. The game marked the 17th meeting in the all-time series between the two schools with Middlebury holding a slight 10-6-1 edge. The Panthers will return to action Wednesday evening when they battle Salve Regina at 7:00 p.m.
Elmira tallied the lone goal of the opening period when Ashley Ryan scored on a pass following a wraparound opportunity by Tanis Lamoureux at the 13:38 mark. Just minutes before the intermission, Brooke Wilgosh laced a shot from between the circles but Middlebury goalie Annabelle Jones made a great glove save just under the crossbar to keep it at a one-goal differential.
In the second period, Middlebury knotted the score when Katie Sullivan tipped in a pass from Hannah Bielawski via a quick helper from Julia Wardell at 4:46. However, Briana Saltstone put Elmira ahead just over six minutes later when she received a pair of pinpoint passes from Ashton Hogan and Cassidy Delainey beginning behind their own blueline.
In the third, Elmira looked to double its lead early when Ryan hit the left pipe on a driving opportunity toward the net. The Soaring Eagles’ Erin Weston attempted to add to the visitor’s lead when she rifled a quick wrister that Jones made a lunging pad save to her left. Middlebury tied the game 2-2 when Pam Schulman corralled a pass from Madeline Joyce and Schulman stuck the puck in the back of the Elmira net.
Elmira had a great scoring opportunity with just over six minutes left in regulation when Ryan broke in from the left dot and her shot hit the left pipe and caromed away harmlessly. The Soaring Eagles had a final scoring opportunity in the last minute but that chance was turned away.
At the 1:50 mark of the extra period, Hogan drove down the left side of the ice but once again Jones made a brilliant save, this time a butterfly stop, and kept the game deadlocked at 2-2.
Middlebury finished with a 31-23 shots advantage in the contest as Jones made 21 saves in the victory for the Panthers. Kyle Nelson earned 28 stops for the Soaring Eagles.