MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's hockey team (6-12-1, 3-8-1) stunned No. 6 Middlebury (12-3-3, 8-2-2) with a 1-0 victory on Saturday afternoon. This was the 64th meeting between the two teams and the first win for the Cardinals in the series.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Middlebury had a great chance to open the scoring with 2:23 expired, but Jenna Marotta's shot hit the left pipe and Wesleyan was able to kill the power play opportunity.
- The Cardinals looked to get on the board at the 12:52 mark. Sarah Goss sent a pass from the left faceoff circle, but Audrey McMahon's bid from the slot was denied by Panther netminder Anna Goldstein.
- With 14:15 expired, Middlebury had a good chance to score, but Morgan Griffin's wraparound attempt was thwarted by Wesleyan's goaltender Allegra Grant, keeping the contest scoreless heading into the intermission.
- In the second stanza, Panther Madie Leidt blasted a shot from the right faceoff circle at the 10:03 mark, but a sprawling save by Grant denied the opportunity.
- The Cardinals broke open the scoreless contest during a power play with 14:29 expired in the second frame. After a flurry of shots were denied by a strong Middlebury defense, Wesleyan persisted and found the back of the net when Goss blasted a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle, tucking the puck under the crossbar for the 1-0 edge.
- The Panthers had a great opportunity to knot the game with 4:18 expired in the third period. Leidt intercepted a pass in transition, one-timing it from the slot, but a sprawling save by Grant denied the chance.
- Middlebury pulled its goaltender for the final 1:47 of play, hoping for an opportunity to knot the game. Their best chance for the equalizer came with 27 seconds remaining in the contest, but Grant used her blocker to thwart Leidt's chance, preserving the shutout for Wesleyan.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Grant picked up the win in net for the Cardinals, making an impressive 38 saves.
- Goldstein made 15 stops during 58:13 of play, suffering the loss in goal for Middlebury
- Despite the loss, the Panthers held a 38-16 advantage in shots.
- Wesleyan will entertain Post on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.