Women’s hockey shuts out non-league foes

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team shut out two visiting non-league opponents this past weekend to improve to 8-1-3, a record that includes a 4-0-2 record in NESCAC play. No other team in the league will enter this weekend with fewer than three losses.
The Panthers, ranked No. 7 in last week’s NCAA Division III poll, will visit last-place Bowdoin for two games this weekend.
GOALIE LIN HAN MAKES one of her 19 saves in the win over the Endicott College Gulls on Friday to record her second shutout of the season.
Independent photo/Steve James
On this past Saturday the Panthers scored three power-play goals in a 4-0 win over visiting UMass-Boston (6-8-2). Middlebury scored its only even-strength goal at 12:14 of the first, when Morgan Griffin tipped in Elise Park’s shot from the point. The tally was Griffin’s first as a Panther. 
Middlebury made it 2-0 on the first of four second-period power plays. Eva Hendrikson worked her way in from the right point and fired a shot into the upper-right corner of the net at 3:39. 
PANTHER SOPHOMORE MORGAN Griffin takes down Endicott’s Courtney Walpole in the third period of Friday’s 3-0 Middlebury victory.
Independent photo/Steve James
In the final 20 minutes Katarina Shuchuk tucked home a rebound off the end boards from Anna Zumwinkle’s blast from the point. The goal came with the Panthers skating with a five-on-three advantage early in the period. Zumwinkle added the final power-play goal, a shot from the high slot at the 8:27 mark.
Goalies Anna Goldstein (five saves in 48:27) and Caroline Silk (three saves in 11:33) combined on the shutout, while Beacon goalie Caty Flagg finished with 45 stops.
On Friday visiting Endicott (8-3-3) hung with the Panthers for a period and a half, but Middlebury pulled away for a 3-0 victory. Endicott launched the game’s first five shots, and the shots were still even at 12-12 and Middlebury led by just 1-0 midway through the second period. Then the Panthers launched nine unanswered shots over the next 10 minutes and made it 2-0.
MIDDLEBURY FORWARD MORGAN Griffin reaches a loose puck and sends it through the crease in the first period of Friday’s 3-0 Panther win over Endicott.
Independent photo/Steve James
The Panthers did not test Gull goalie Vendela Jonssson (25 saves) until more than 10 minutes had expired. Middlebury, however, took a 1-0 first-period lead on a Hendrikson power-play goal. Jenna Marotta served a pass to Hendrikson at the top of the right circle, and her shot found the lower-left corner with 3:46 on the clock.
Early in the middle period, Middlebury goalie Lin Han (19 saves) forced Ashlie Jones’s shot wide on a breakaway. Then the Panthers took charge. With just over five minutes left in the stanza, Panther forward Madie Leidt and Sidney Portner each hit posts. Finally the pressure paid off with 1:31 left in the period, when Jenna Letterie chipped in Leidt’s centering pass from the left corner high into the left side of the net.
Middlebury sealed the victory on Letterie’s empty-net goal 14 seconds remaining, after Han made a nice kick save on a shot by Lauren Ferraiuolo to preserve the shutout. Leidt and Katherine Jackson each chipped in two assists for Middlebury.

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