MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --(Dain McKee, Middlebury Athletic Communications) Annabelle Jones recorded her fourth shutout this season racking up 22 saves between the pipes leading second-ranked Middlebury to a 3-0 victory over Connecticut College (8-10-3, 3-8-3) Saturday afternoon in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (16-1-3, 11-0-3) move their unbeaten streak to 14 games (11-0-3) and remain atop the NESCAC standings. Middlebury returns to the ice when it heads to upstate New York for a battle with top-ranked Plattsburgh on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., while the Camels will host St. Michael's also on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Following a scoreless first period, Middlebury turned the pressure up in the offensive zone in the second stanza from the opening face-off. At 3:05, the Panthers got on the scoreboard when Mackenzie Martin scored her fourth goal of the season. Martin received a pass right from Victoria Laven on her stick as she came directly off the bench following a line change and laced a one-timer into the top-right corner.
The hosts nearly doubled their advantage with just under three minutes left in the second when a shot by Carly Watson was redirected just in front of the Camel goal and caromed off the left pipe. Just 40 seconds before the intermission, Katie Sullivan gave the Panthers a 2-0 edge with her 12th goal this winter when she tipped in a shot by Julia Wardwell after a pass from along the boards by Katie Mandigo.
At 5:55 of the third period, Emily Fluke tallied the final goal of the afternoon when she recorded her team-leading 13th score this season on a wrister from just outside the dot. Watson was credited with her team-high 18th assist on the goal. Jones preserved her clean sheet with a pair of nifty saves, one with her glove and another with her paddle, in the closing minutes.
Jones remains unbeaten this season in net for Middlebury with an 11-0-3 record, while Kelsie Fralick (5-8-3) tallied 29 stops for the Camels in the loss.