MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Sophomore goalie Allegra Grant of the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team turned away 50 shots on Friday evening, but the Cardinals suffered a 3-0 setback against No. 4-ranked Middlebury in Middlebury, Vt.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Panthers (13-4-1, 9-1-1 NESCAC) went on the scoresheet at the 7:02 mark of the first, as senior forward Jessica Young sniped a power-play goal into the top-right corner off a drive from the left circle. Freshman forward Madie Leidt and senior forward Maddie Winslow contributed with assists.
- In the final 30 seconds of the opening period, Cardinals senior forward Cici Frattasio found herself on a breakaway, but Panthers senior goalie Julia Neuburger turned the shot aside.
- Grant stoped 20-of-21 shots in the opening 20 minutes, and then denied all 13 of the Panthers' attempts in the second frame, giving the Cardinals (5-10-4, 1-6-4 NESCAC) a chance heading into the third period against one of the best Division III programs in the country.
- Middlebury generated the all-important insurance goal with 11:45 remaining in regulation, as Winslow fired a pass across the ice from the right circle, and senior forward Janka Hlinka fired a shot into the open net.
- The Panthers iced the game with a goal one minute, 17 seconds later, as junior defensewoman Jenna Marotta set up sophomore forward Sidney Portner in the right slot.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Grant (2-7-4) has now posted 50 or more saves twice during her sophomore campaign, as she ranks third in the NESCAC with a .946 save percentage. Neuburger (4-0-1) stayed undefeated in net for the Panthers, stopping all 15 shots she faced.
- Middlebury went 1-for-5 on the advantage, and Wesleyan was unsuccessful during three power-play situations.
- Sophomore forward Alicia Nickolenko won 5-of-8 faceoffs for Wesleyan, and senior forward Elizabeth Wulf was phenomenal, going 18-of-22 in the circle, as Middlebury controlled 38-of-57 faceoffs.
- Hlinka fired a game-high 11 shots on net for the Panthers, and junior forward Grace Keogh led Wesleyan with three shots on target.
- The Cardinals and Panthers will conclude their two-game series on Saturday with puck drop set for 3 p.m. in Middlebury, Vt.