Panther women’s hockey splits road games
HARTFORD, Conn. — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team split two games at NESCAC foe Trinity this past weekend, dropping the first game, 4-3, on Saturday for its first loss of the season before bouncing back on Sunday to win big, 7-2.
The 3-1 Panthers are back in action this weekend at the Panther/Cardinal Classic, hosted by Plattsburgh. The Panthers on Saturday play Elmira in the first round, and on Sunday will meet either Plattsburgh or Gustavus Adolphus in the consolation or final.
On this past Sunday against Trinity (1-2-1), senior Emily Fluke scored two goals and assisted on three others as Middlebury avenged its Saturday loss.
Middlebury scored the first three goals in the opening 12:12 and outshot the Bantams, 45-21. Fluke started the 3-0 run with a goal and assisted Jessica Young on the second tally. After the third Panther goal by Katie Mandigo, Trinity answered with a score from Lauren Fitzgerald to make it 3-1 after the first period.
Middlebury’s Maddie Winslow, Fluke and Janka Hlinka added second-period goals for Middlebury, with Emma Tani scoring on a breakaway for the Bantams to make it 6-2 entering the final period.
Fluke fed Young for the final goal 4:23 into the third period. Two Trinity goalies combined for 38 saves, while Panther netminder Madeline Marsh made 19 saves.
On Saturday, Trinity goaltender Claudia Escue made 35 saves as the Bantams upset the Panthers, 4-3.
Middlebury scored twice in the first five minutes, with Hannah Bielawski slamming a rebound past Escue on a power play, and just over a minute later Kelly Sherman scoring on a deflection.
But the Bantams responded by scoring two goals a minute apart. Shannon Farrell corralled a failed clear attempt and fired a shot home from between the circles, and after a Middlebury penalty, Cheeky Herr tied the game on a power play. Thirty-three seconds after Herr’s game-tying goal, Sherman struck again to give the Panthers back the lead at 3-2 and close out the scoring in the opening period.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Trinity’s Emma Tani took a backhand that beat Middlebury goaltender Annabelle Jones (24 saves) on the short side to tie the game.
Farrell and Fitzgerald came in on a two-on-one break and Fitzgerald converted for the eventual game-winning goal.
The Bantams killed nine of Middlebury’s 10 power plays, while Trinity went one for five on the power play.
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