NEW LONDON, Conn--Emily Fluke (Sandwich, Mass.) scored a natural hat-trick with all three markers coming in the third period and assisted on a fourth goal as the fifth ranked Middlebury College women's hockey team posted a 4-0 win at Connecticut College Sunday. Fluke leads the New England Small College Athletic Conference with 14 goals scored this season.
The Panthers improve their record to 13-4-2 with a 10-2-2 mark in conference play. The Camels, who defeated the Panthers 3-2 Saturday, slip to 10-9-1 with a 6-7-1 record in the NESCAC.
Mackenzie Martin (Wilmette, Ill.) chipped in with a second period score and sophomore Annabelle Jones (Homer, N.Y.) made 30 saves en route to her first shutout this year.
The Camels nearly got on board in the opening period with 13:48 remaining on the power play when Olivia Farrell (New York, N.Y.) broke free but Jones was able to make the stick save at the near post side of the goal. Later on with 13:02 to go, Leigh Getz (Clifton Park, N.Y.) unloaded with a blast from the left point but Jones was able to make another nice stop for the visitors.
Later on in the period with 7:58 remaining Jennifer Krakower (Montreal, Quebec) fired a shot on Fralick that was saved. Hannah Bielawski (Evanston, Ill.) tried to beat Fralick with a wrist shot at the left circle with 5:10 remaining but Fralick made another nice stop for the hosts. Bielawski would test Fralick again on a Panther power play with 3:34 to go but Fralick was able to make the diving stab for the Camels. The visitors out-shot the hosts 15-to-11 in the opening period of play.
In the second period, Ariel DiPasquale (Whitestone, N.Y.) had a scoring chance for the Camels with 7:07 to go when she fired a shot in on Jones from the middle of the blue line that was saved by the Middlebury net-minder. The Panthers finally broke through with 2:20 remaining in the second. Martin tipped in a shot at the near post side. Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) and Fluke assisted on the score.
In the third period, the Panthers scored a critical insurance marker with 15:18 remaining in regulation. Sarah Ugalde (Burlington, Conn.) fired a shot from right circle that was stopped by Fralick put Fluke pounced on the rebound and went top shelf from her backhand to make it a 2-0 score. Fluke tacked on another score with 5:44 remaining when her shot caught a deflection off of another skater in the slot area and found its way into the back of the net.
With 33.3 seconds left, Fluke completed the trifecta with an empty-netter and the Panthers were able to hold on for the 4-0 triumph.
Fralick finished with 48 saves Sunday and made 77 stops in the two-game series.
Middlebury held a 52-to-30 advantage in shots Sunday and were 2-for-5 on their power play.
Fluke was awarded with the first star of the game with Jones taking the second star. Amanda Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) was recognized for her stellar defensive play with the third star of the game.