Loh '22 scores her ninth goal in women's hockey loss

Nancy Loh '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Nancy Loh '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Middlebury College's Katherine Jackson scored with 35.1 seconds left in the third period and lifted the Panthers to a 3-2 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Middlebury's Kenyon Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers, who defeated Hamilton 4-1 on Friday night, are ranked eighth in the D3hockey.com and USCHO.com Division III Top 10 polls.

The first half of the game went by scoreless despite solid scoring opportunities for both teams. Middlebury's Madie Leidt intercepted a pass in the Continentals' defensive zone while on the penalty kill late in the first, but her shot for a shorthanded goal was deflected by Emily Walther '21. Emily Williams '19 had a solid scoring opportunity at the end of Hamilton's second power play when she received the puck in the center from the corner, but goaltender Anna Goldstein (21 saves) made the save on that slap shot and one shortly after by Taegan Blackwell '19 at the dot.

Nancy Loh '22 opened the scoring with 26 seconds remaining in the second period following back-to-back two-on-one rushes for each team. Loh stole the puck in the neutral zone and rushed in on a breakaway as she deked to her backhand to put the shot behind Goldstein. The goal was Loh's ninth of the season and her 20th point.

Middlebury (11-2-3, 7-1-2 NESCAC) responded early in the third when Ashley McDonald passed the puck from behind the goal back to Eva Hendrikson at the blue line. Hendrikson fired a slap shot through traffic to the far right edge of the net.

Hamilton (10-6-2, 4-4-2) regained the lead at 12:22 in the third. Mya Berretta '22 scored on the third rebound following an initial breakaway by Williams, whose shot deflected off Goldstein. The puck was picked up by Berretta, who tried to lift it over Goldstein twice before she was able to tip the puck out of the air and into the net for her fourth goal in the last five games. Williams was credited with her third assist.

Middlebury tied the score again with 3:25 to go. Alexis Ryan passed the puck from the dot to Katarina Shuchuk in the neutral zone, and she rushed into the offensive zone with Ellie Barney for a two-on-one. Shuchuk passed the puck from between the faceoff circles to Barney at the left faceoff dot. Barney quickly shot the puck, clipping goaltender Sammy Johnson '20 (26 saves) on its way into the net.

The game-winner came with 36 seconds left in the third, when Anna Zumwinkle passed the puck from behind Middlebury's goal line to Sidney Portner in the neutral zone. Portner carried the puck to the left corner and centered it to Jackson at the top of the crease where she poked it into the net.

Hamilton pulled Johnson for an extra skater the last 14 seconds, but Goldstein made a save on Blackwell as the horn sounded.

The Continentals will play again on Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m., for a NESCAC matchup against Bowdoin College at Russell Sage Rink.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22