Women's ice hockey falls in NESCAC quarterfinal

Christie Sharlow '11
Christie Sharlow '11
Nationally ranked No. 10 Middlebury College exploded for six goals in the second period and the Panthers went on to an 8-1 victory against Hamilton College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal at Middlebury's Kenyon Arena on Feb. 27.

Hamilton (11-11-3 overall) was the sixth seed in the championship. The Continentals have played in the championship every year since it started in 2002. Middlebury (16-6-3) is the third seed and the defending tournament champions. The Panthers -- now 15-4 all-time in the championship -- go on to play in a NESCAC semifinal on Saturday, March 6.

Becca Hazlett ’13 started in goal for the Continentals and made 11 saves. Hazlett was relieved by Meg Shine ‘10 midway through the second period, and Shine also finished with 11 saves.

Middlebury got on the scoreboard first with 2:19 left in the opening period when one of the Panthers sent a shot into the top right corner of the goal.

Middlebury opened up its lead in the second period. The Panthers made the score 2-0 just 1:32 into the second. Then they scored four goals in a little more than two minutes. At 9:18 into the second, the Panthers sent a shot from right in front of the net to go up 3-0. Just 24 seconds later, the Panthers scored again to make it 4-0.

One of the Panthers came around from behind the goal before sending a shot into the back of the net at 11:09 to go ahead by five. A power-play goal at 11:36 in made the score 6-0. Middlebury added one more goal in the period with 1:10 left. 

Hamilton got on the scoreboard 5:43 into the third period. A Middlebury player was sent to the penalty box for hooking at 4:29. Stephanie Miguel ’11 fired a shot on goal that was saved by the Middlebury goalie, but Christie Sharlow ’11 was there to send the puck just over the goal line for a power-play goal. It was Sharlow’s sixth goal of the season. Emily Baxter '13 was also credited with an assist.

Middlebury added its last goal with 3:57 remaining in the third. The Panthers held a 30-14 advantage in shots on goal. Hamilton finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Middlebury was 1-for-5. The Continentals are now 3-9 all-time in the NESCAC tournament.
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