Middlebury hockey women win in overtime
MIDDLEBURY — Katie Mandigo scored in overtime to lift No. 2 Middlebury to a 3-2 victory over visiting No. 4 Elmira on Saturday in a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Division III championship game.
Elmira tallied the lone goal of the opening period when Ashley Ryan scored at 13:38 on a pass following a wraparound bid by Tanis Lamoureux. Later in the period, Elmira’s Brooke Wilgosh shot from between the circles but Middlebury goalie Annabelle Jones (21 stops) made a great glove save just under the crossbar.
In the second period, Middlebury knotted the score at 4:46 when Katie Sullivan tipped in a pass from Hannah Bielawski. But Briana Saltstone put Elmira ahead about six minutes later after a pair of pinpoint passes from Ashton Hogan and Cassidy Delainey beginning behind the Elmira blue line.
Early in the third, Elmira’s Ryan hit the left pipe on a drive toward the net. The Soaring Eagles’ Erin Weston then rifled a quick wrister that Jones stopped with a lunging pad save to her left. Middlebury tied the game 2-2 when Pam Schulman corralled a pass from Madeline Joyce and stuck the puck home.
Elmira had a great scoring opportunity with about six minutes left in regulation when Ryan broke in from the left dot and her shot hit the left pipe again.
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. Then Mandigo settled matters by streaking down the left side and sending a laser beam into the top left corner past Elmira goalie Kyle Nelson (28 saves).
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