The Hamilton College women’s hockey team wrapped up a weekend NESCAC series at Middlebury College with a 3-1 loss to the nationally ranked No. 4 Panthers on Saturday afternoon.

Box score

The Panthers (13-2-3, 9-1-2 NESCAC) scored a pair of power-play goals – both by Emily Fluke ’15 – in a seven-minute span of the second period to seal the win.

Hamilton (7-8-3, 1-7-2) outshot Middlebury 6-0 over the game’s opening minutes but Middlebury’s Madeline Marsh ’15 turned away all six shots, including back-to-back wrist shots by Hannah Bartlett ’16 and Megan Fitzgerald ‘16.

Hamilton’s Sam Walther ’18 held the Panthers scoreless on their first 13 shots before Julia Wardwell ’16 notched her second goal of the year, scoring from the right circle off passes from Laura McConney ’15 and Mackenzie Martin ‘15 at 12:11 of the first period.

Fluke scored both Middlebury goals in the second, raising her season total to 14. She tipped a Carly Watson ’17 shot from the right point at 12:13 following a cross-ice pass from Hannah Bielawski, then capitalized on a five-on-three with 42 seconds left in the period, lifting the puck into the top of the net following a scrum in front. Watson and Jessica Young ’18 were credited with assists on the play.

Bartlett got the Continentals on the board 2:42 into the third with a power-play goal. She was stopped by Marsh on her initial shot then put the rebound over Marsh’s shoulder. Katie Parkman ’17 and Megan Ahern ’17 assisted on the goal, Bartlett’s team-best eighth of the year.

Walther made 28 saves for the Continentals. Marsh stopped 10 shots for Middlebury, which posted a 31-11 advantage in shots.

Hamilton hosts Wesleyan University in a weekend NESCAC series that starts with a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Feb. 6. The Panthers host No. 3 Norwich in non-league play on Tuesday night.

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