No. 2 Middlebury records women's ice hockey shutout
Middlebury College scored three power-play goals and the nationally ranked No. 2 Panthers recorded their fifth shutout of the season in a 3-0 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 31.
The Panthers (12-1-3, 8-0-3 NESCAC) outshot Hamilton 27-6 the first two periods and capitalized on three of their 10 power-play opportunities.
Annabelle Jones ’15 made 11 saves for her eighth career shutout and third this season. Middlebury finished with a 34-11 advantage in shots.
Katie Mandigo ’16 and Emily Fluke ‘15 scored first-period goals and Katie Sullivan ’15 added a five-on-three score in the second period. Sullivan opened the scoring with a shot from the left faceoff circle that beat Hamilton’s Tori Bogen ’14. The goal was her sixth of the season and was assisted by Hannah Bielawski ’15 and Julia Wardwell ’16. Bielawski has a team-high 13 helpers and Bogen made a career-best 31 saves.
Fluke scored her seventh goal with 2:22 left in the opening period, tipping in a shot that Anna Van Kula ’16 sent to the far post after Hamilton’s Jill Tokarczyk ’14 had blocked Van Kula’s initial shot. Jennifer Krakower ’14 also assisted on the play.
The Panthers closed out the scoring 7:03 into the second. Sullivan took a pass from Bielawski at the right faceoff circle and sent it inside the near post for her sixth power-play goal and 11th overall (both totals lead the Panthers). Mandigo picked up her seventh assist.
Hamilton’s best scoring chance came early in the third period when Jones sprawled forward to stop a shot by Stephanie Lang ‘14. The rebound trickled in front of the open net but the Continentals (6-9-2, 0-7-2) were unable to control it before the Panthers cleared the puck.
The teams conclude their weekend series at Sage Rink on Saturday with a 3 p.m. game.