Panther women lose two, top Cadets on the ice
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team dropped two NESCAC home games over the weekend before bouncing back to knock off No. 4 Norwich on Tuesday.
The Panthers, at 10-5-2, 5-4-1 in NESCAC play, are ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division III. They play two league games at Wesleyan this weekend.
Over the weekend the Panthers managed just one goal in a pair of losses to visiting Hamilton. The Continentals improved to 11-5-2, 6-3-1 in league play.
On Saturday, Hamilton scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 1:48 remaining to win, 2-1.
The Continentals scored both goals on the power play, the first with 33 seconds to go in the first by Jenna Jewell on a Michaela Giuttari feed.
The Panthers outshot Hamilton, 18-2, in the second period and tied the game at 13:44, when Lizzie Sheline tipped in Carly Watson’s shot from the point.
Middlebury was whistled for a penalty with 2:29 left in the third, and Andrea Rockey tipped home Kelli Mackey’s shot from the right point 41 seconds later for the winning goal.
The Panthers pulled goaltender Lin Han (nine saves) in favor of an extra attacker with 1:40 remaining. Watson’s shot from the left point hit the far post, and Hamilton goaltender Sam Walther (36 saves) denied Jessica Young from point-blank range at 0:16.
On Friday, Walther made 21 saves as the Panthers fell, 2-0. Hamilton scored its goals on second-period power plays, with Mackey and Rockey finding the net. Middlebury goalie Julia Neuburger made 18 saves.
On Tuesday, Middlebury scored twice in 1:32 in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie in a 5-3 win over Norwich (14-4-1).
After a scoreless first period, Middlebury took a 2-1 lead in the second. At 2:52, Sheline tipped in a Watson shot on a power play. Sarah Schwenzfeier answered for Norwich at 18:07, but Watson scored from the high slot with 0.07 second left in the period to make it 2-1.
Norwich made it 2-2 at 4:35 of the third on an Amanda Conway power-play goal. Middlebury retook the lead when Young jammed in a rebound. Sheline tipped in a Watson shot from the point during a power play 1:32 later to make it 4-2. Another Schwenzfeier goal made it 4-3 with 7:53 left in regulation, but a Young empty-netter iced the win. Han made 18 saves, and Laurie King stopped 14 shots for Norwich.
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