MIDDLEBURY, Vermont --(Middlebury Athletic Communications Team) Third-ranked Middlebury broke a 2-2 tie in the third period to come away with a 3-2 victory over visiting Connecticut College on Friday in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers netted the deciding goal 49 seconds after the Camels had tied the game. Middlebury (4-1, 3-0 NESCAC) and Connecticut College (1-3, 0-3 NESCAC) cap the two-game series on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Kenyon Arena.
The Panthers got a boost in the game from their special teams, cashing in on 2-6 power plays attempts, while killing off all three Camel advantages.
The hosts held the territorial edge in the first period, recording seven of the first eight shots on goal. Middlebury got three of those shots on a power play that started with at 6:54, with Jenna Marotta directing each of those attempts on goal during the advantage. Camel goalie Katherine Chester saved all three shots.
Chester came up with a couple of big saves later in the period stopping back-to-back shots by Middlebury's Shanna Hickman from the near post with 5:40 showing on the clock.
Connecticut College broke the scoreless tie with 2:24 remaining in the period when Stephanie Izzi (pictured) poked in her own rebound.
The Panthers tied the game 1:47 into the second period when they converted on a power play. Maddie Winslow knocked in a rebound after a tip in front by Janka Hlinka.
The hosts used the power play to take their first lead of the game 7:27 into period. Elizabeth Wulf scored from the right circle after taking a pass from Carly Watson.
The Camels came right back just over a minute later with a good scoring chance off of the stick of Lily Connolly. Connolly's scoring bid came on a power play, but Middlebury goaltender Marisa Dreher came up with the save.
Watson capped off her three-point performance 49 seconds later, jumping on a loose puck in the high slot and blasting a shot into the upper corner of the net.
Dreher earned her second win of the season for the Panthers with 17 saves, while Chester stopped 30 Middlebury shots.