Women skaters struggle

NEW LONDON, Conn. — This past weekend the Middlebury College women’s hockey team earned a tie and suffered a loss in two outings against host Connecticut College. The Panthers dropped to 10-5-2, 6-3-1 NESCAC, heading into two home games this weekend vs. Wesleyan. Connecticut improved to 9-7-1, 6-5-1.

On Friday, the Panthers outshot the Camels, 35-19, but had to settle for a 1-1 tie when Camel goalie Abby Wieczorek made 34 saves. Middlebury goalie Sophia Merageas saved 19 shots. 

Both teams scored in the opening period. The Panthers got on the board with their second shot of the game. Kylie Quinlan carried the puck over the blue line and blasted a shot through traffic with 5:19 expired. 

Connecticut College knotted the contest 1-1 at 14:52 on Caroline O’Keefe’s successful wraparound score. 

On Saturday, the Camels prevailed, 2-1. The Camels struck first at 9:09 of the second period, when Serena Seiple converted a cross-ice pass from Kiley Smith.

The Panthers equalized two minutes later. Jenna Letterie controlled a deflected Britt Nawrocki shot and slid it home from close range. 

Connecticut regained its edge 1:12 later. Alana Burm took a slapshot from the point that trickled in off Panther goalie Sophia Will.  

Both goalies, the Panthers’ Will and the Camels’ Wieczorek, made 20 saves, as Connecticut earned a slight advantage in shots on net. 

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