Panther women’s hockey tips CSC

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team defeated visiting Castleton on Saturday, 5-0, to finish first-semester play at 5-1. The Panthers are ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III, and their only loss came at the hands of No. 1 Plattsburgh. Castleton fell to 6-4 and saw a three-game winning streak snapped.
Hannah Bielawski scored a goal and set up two others in a four-goal third period, and goalie Madeline Marsh worked the 16-save shutout.
With the score 1-0 after two periods, Bielawski made it 2-0 4:23 into the third with her fourth of the year. She then assisted on goals by Emily Fluke at 6:07 and Julia Wardwell on the power play at 7:51. Jennifer Krakower closed the scoring with another power play tally at 11:16.
In the opening period, Middlebury launched the first eight shots of the game, and Pam Schulman notched her first career goal at 4:24, when she knocked in a Madeline Joyce rebound. Victoria Laven also picked up an assist as her initial drive from the point was stopped before Joyce kept it alive for Schulman, who beat Paula Stephens from the right post.
Middlebury continued its attack in the second, but Stephens stopped all eight shots including solid saves on Katie Sullivan and Micaela Thibault. The Panthers kept the 1-0 lead by killing a pair of penalties including one late in the stanza.
In her third start of the season, all in the last four games, Marsh earned her second shutout with a nice glove save on Sabrina Hosmer early in the third and a goalmouth stop on Castleton’s top scorer, Nicoline Jensen, late in the contest.
Stephens finished with 30 saves for the Spartans, who were outshot by the Panthers, 35-16.

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