MIDDLEBURY, Vt. –(Middlebury College Athletic Communications) Middlebury broke open a 2-1 game with a pair of third period goals on its way to a 4-1 victory over Connecticut College in a NESCAC semifinal game in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (17-6-2) advance to the NESCAC Championship game for the ninth time in the 12 years of the tournament, and will meet the winner of the Bowdoin/Amherst game at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Camels finish their season with a 14-11-1 mark.
Middlebury looked strong on a power play 5:08 into the game, putting seven shots on goal that were all denied by Kelsie Fralick. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead at the 14:53 mark with a power play. Madison Styrbicki took a shot from the point that deflected in off the shoulder of Emily Fluke for her team-leading 16th goal of the season.
The Panthers made it a 2-0 game 2:18 into the second period with a second power play tally. Jennifer Krakower carried the puck nearly 50 feet before sending a quick pass to Madeline Joyce for her sixth of the season. Middlebury's Lauren Greer nearly made it a 3-0 game just over a minute later, but her shot from the right side hit the pipe.
Connecticut College got on the board less than a minute later, when Amanda Bogue scored on a screened shot from the point after a feed from Courtney Dumont. The goal was the second of the year for Bogue. The Camels turned up the pressure on a power that began at the 8:45 of the second period. Caroline Corbett beat several defenders coming up the ice before being denied on a big save by Annabelle Jones. The Panther netminder came up big once again moments later on Sam Schuffenecker, making another big stop from point-blank range.
The lead increased to 3-1 1:08 into the third period with the 10th of the year from Katie Sullivan. Hannah Bielawski made a nice feed from behind the net to Sullivan, who finished from the slot. Joyce netted her second of the game at the 11:32 mark to give the Panthers some breathing room at 4-1. Sullivan made a backhanded pass from behind the net to Joyce, who one-timed the feed past Fralick.
Middlebury finished with a 38-29 shots advantage in the game, as Jones made 28 saves to pick up the win. Fralick finished with 34 stops for the Camels. Bielawski finished with three assists for the Panthers, while Joyce had two goals and an assist.