Women's Hockey Earns Two Points At Wesleyan

January 11, 2014

Emily Fluke earned a goal and two assists to lead Middlebury to a 4-1 victory at Wesleyan in NESCAC action on Saturday. The win keeps the Panthers in a tie atop the NESCAC standings with a 5-0-1 conference record, matched by Amherst. Second-ranked Middlebury owns an overall record of 9-1-1 on the season.

Middlebury scored its opening two goals via the power play as the Panthers converted on two of seven opportunities in the contest. The first came with two Cardinals in the box at the 5:18 mark of the first period. A point shot by Carly Watson went wide to the left of the cage and caromed to the right where Fluke collared it and sent a nice pass to Pam Schulman in the slot, who scored her third goal of the season.

Middlebury's next power-play marker came at 3:46 of the second period with Sara Ugalde the recipient of a well-placed Fluke pass from behind the net on the left for a quick shot, giving her five goals on the year. Less than three minutes later, Middlebury got its only even-strength goal of the weekend when Hannah Bielawski carried the puck up the right side and hit Kelly Sherman with a centering pass that helped produce Sherman's first career goal at 6:32.

Wesleyan got on the board at 14:01 of the middle stanza with hard work from Laura Meade, as she brought the puck up ice on the right and took a shot from the right circle that was deflected by a Panther defender high and wide of the net.  Jess Brennan got the loose puck as it came to the left side of the goal and stuffed it home for her team-high sixth goal of the year.

The teams skated scoreless for more than 25 minutes before Fluke put the puck into an empty net with 22 seconds left as Jess Brownschilde got control of the puck in the Middlebury zone with the Cardinal goalie Corinne Rivard on the bench. She passed to Kate Moreau who sent the puck from her own blue line toward the Wesleyan net. Fluke raced to catch up to it just before it crossed the goal line to the left of the cage and quickly popped it into the open net before the Wesleyan defense could converge on her.

Rivard finished the game with 26 saves while Middlebury netminder Annabelle Jones stopped 22 shots.

Ahead for Middlebury is a showdown at Amherst Fri.-Sat., Jan. 17-18 as the NESCAC leaders square off in a two-game series for the league lead at the midway point of the conference schedule.