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Laura DiCarlo '12

Women's ice hockey upsets No. 4 Middlebury

Contact Jim Taylor 315-859-4685
Posted January 27, 2012
Tags Women's Ice Hockey

Laura DiCarlo '12 scored with 10.6 seconds left in the sudden-victory overtime period and Hamilton College upset nationally ranked No. 4 Middlebury College 2-1 in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 27.

Stephanie Lang '14 was credited with her seventh assist on DiCarlo's game-winner. Katie Zimmerman '13 tied it at 1-1 with 6:19 left in the third period when she scored Hamilton's first short-handed goal of the year. Zimmerman leads the NESCAC with 14 goals. Becca Hazlett '13 made 41 saves.

Katie Sullivan '15 scored the goal for the Panthers. Grace Waters '12 and Maggie Melberg '12 were each credited with an assist. Annabelle Jones '15 made 24 saves in net.

Lang collected a loose puck at the Hamilton blue line and sent a pass ahead to DiCarlo at center ice. DiCarlo gathered the puck, skated in alone on goal, and lifted a wrist shot over Jones' left shoulder to seal the victory. It was the fifth goal of the season for DiCarlo, and the 15th of her Hamilton career.

Following a Continental penalty at 12:51 of the third, Zimmerman stole the puck at the Hamilton blue line and skated in alone on net. She slid the puck between Jones' legs to halt the Continentals' scoreless streak at 167 minutes, 46 seconds. Hamilton (7-8-0 overall, 4-5 NESCAC) successfully killed four penalties, and Hazlett made 18 saves in the third period.

Middlebury (12-2-2, 9-2-0) had a good opportunity to take an early lead when Madison Styrbicki '13 fired a wrist shot from between the circles that clanged off the right post at 12:21 of the first period. The game was scoreless through the first intermisison.

Sullivan's goal at 7:49 of the second period gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Melberg played the puck between the circles to Waters, who fired a shot that was initially saved by Hazlett. But Sullivan was there to bang home the rebound for her fifth goal of the season. Middlebury led 1-0 at the second intermission.

Middlebury held a 42-26 shot advantage. The Panthers were 0-for-8 on the power play, while the Continentals were 0-for-5. The loss snaps a four-game win streak for Middlebury, which still leads the all-time series 28-2-0. The Panthers' other loss to Hamilton was by a 3-2 score on Feb. 6, 2010.

Hamilton hosts Middlebury for another NESCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m.

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