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Women’s Ice Hockey Suffers 4-0 Defeat at No. 4 Middlebury

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

Parts of Recap Courtesy of Middlebury Athletic Communications Office

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Sophomore goalie Allegra Grant recorded a game-high 43 stops for the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team on Saturday afternoon, but No. 4-ranked Middlebury went 3-for-3 on the power play during a 4-0 NESCAC win at Kenyon Arena in Middlebury, Vt.

For the second straight game, the Panthers (14-4-1, 10-1-1 NESCAC) utilized a power-play goal to take an early 1-0 lead. Middlebury worked the puck around the zone, and junior defensewoman Jenna Marotta found senior forward Jessica Young in the right circle. Young then ripped a shot on net, which Grant deflected, but the puck snuck through at the 9:53 mark.

Grant came up with two huge stops in the final minutes of the first. Young set up senior forward Maddie Winslow for a chance on the rush, but Grant turned the attempt aside, and then denied senior forward Elizabeth Wulf, who tried to tip in the rebound.

Middlebury continued to excel with its special teams, as the Panthers activated the goal light twice in the second on the advantage. Sophomore forward Sidney Portner gave the hosts a two-goal advantage at the 9:25 mark, lifting a loose puck in the slot past Grant. The Cardinals had a good scoring chance taken away minutes later, when Marotta broke up a 2-on-1 with Cardinals junior forward Alexis Banquer poised to take a shot from the bottom of the right circle. The hosts tacked on another power-play tally with 6:52 left in the period, as sophomore defensewoman Anna Zumwinkle's shot from the left point found the net for a 3-0 lead.

With 2:48 remaining in the third, Wesleyan freshman forward Sarah Takahashi tried to put the visitors on the board with a deflection in front of the net, but Middlebury freshman goalie Anna Goldstein used her stick to clear the puck out of danger. Wulf capped the scoring with 1:19 left in the contest, blasting a rebound over Grant's shoulder from the left circle off a shot from freshman forward Meghan Keating. The assist was Keating's first collegiate point.

Goldstein made 11 saves for her second shutout of the season for Williams. Sophomore forward Alicia Nickolenko won 4-of-7 draws for Wesleyan, and Wulf went 16-for-24.

The Cardinals will be back in action on Friday with a 7:30 p.m. tilt against NESCAC-rival Trinity in Hartford, Conn.