Panther women taking step forward

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team stands at 7-2-1 after posting a win and a tie in two home games this past weekend. The Panthers will take on defending NCAA Division III champion Amherst twice on the road this weekend.
On Saturday, a battle between a pair of NESCAC teams ranked in the top 10 nationally, No. 6 Middlebury and No. 9 Trinity, ended in a 1-1 tie despite the Panthers’ 24-17 shots advantage.
Trinity had a great shorthanded bid in the first period, but Panther goalie Alexi Bloom (16 saves) made the stop on Celia Colman-McGaw. Trinity’s Alexa Pujol (23 saves) and Middlebury’s Bloom each denied of pair of scoring opportunities later in the period, leaving the game scoreless after one.
Anna McNally scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season for Middlebury 4:50 into the second period. A long pass from Heather Marrison fed McNally, who put home her own rebound after Pujol denied her initial breakaway bid. Trinity tied the game at 9:28, when Domi Di Dia scored on the power play.
On Friday, Middlebury blanked Wesleyan, 9-0, as the Cardinals dropped to 2-7, 0-5 NESCAC.
Ten players earned points for Middlebury, including a hat trick and an assist for Maggie Melberg.
Jamie Harisiades added two goals and two assists, Madison Styrbicki had a goal and three assists, and Maggie Woodward, Grace Waters and Lauren Greer also tallied.
Becca Shaw made eight saves in goal for Middlebury, picking up her first win of the season. Ashleigh Corvi made 26 stops through two periods for the Cardinals, while Nicole Bonneau earned 11 saves in the third.

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