Women's hockey outshoots Middlebury but Panthers post shutout

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

Middlebury College's Lin Han made 26 saves and the Panthers defeated the Hamilton College Continentals 3-0 in a NESCAC game played at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Saturday afternoon.

The Continentals (11-7-0, 5-5) blanked Middlebury 2-0 at home on Friday night. Sidney Molnar '22 turned away 19 shots for Hamilton, which had won its last five games. The Continentals held a 26-22 shot advantage but was 0-for-5 on power-play chances, including a 5-on-3 for two minutes midway through the second period. Missy Segall '21 won 10 of 18 faceoffs less than 24 hours after she scored two goals.

The nationally ranked No. 2 Panthers (13-2-2, 8-1-1) registered their eighth shutout this season. Madie Leidt led the Middlebury offense with a goal and an assist. The Panthers scored a power-play goal and added a short-handed tally.

Neither team scored in the first period for the second day in a row before Katie Hargrave broke the ice 8:26 into the second. Jenna Letterie stole the puck behind Hamilton's goal line and sent a pass in front to Hargrave for a one-timer from near the right post.

Claudia Vira gave Middlebury a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 10:55 of the second. Leidt snapped a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that hit someone in front of the crease and caromed over to the right of the net. Vira swept the puck into the back of the net from a tough angle below the right faceoff circle.

The Continentals were awarded a power play with 2:16 left in the third period and they called a timeout to discuss strategy and pull Molnar for an extra skater. Anna Zumwinkle controlled a loose puck in the Panthers' defensive zone and cleared it towards Hamilton's empty net. Leidt and a defender collided as they raced into Middlebury's offensive zone and she fell to the ice. Leidt made contact with the puck as her momentum continued to carry her towards the Continentals' goal and she pushed the puck over the goal line with 49.5 seconds remaining.

Hamilton plays another NESCAC game at Colby College on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.