MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) scored her second goal of the season at the 3:02 mark of overtime to lift the No. 8 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a thrilling 4-3 victory on the road over No. 6 Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Arena.
Connecticut College (4-1, NESCAC 3-1) found itself trailing by a 3-2 score in the third period until senior captain Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) banked home a shot that deflected off goaltender Lin Han after receiving a pass from junior assistant captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) to force overtime. Dillon then potted the game-winner when senior Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) collected her own rebound and fed the Camel freshman for a one-timer.
The visitors wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the early going, as Gualtieri finished a Connolly pass from behind the goal just 1:42 into the contest. The Camels then doubled their lead when Paiva backhanded a feed from Gualtieri at the 6:33 mark.
Middlebury (3-3, NESCAC 3-1), however, stormed back and scored its first goal 11:04 into the opening period courtesy of Ellie Barney. The Panthers then tied things up on a power play when Jessica Young one-timed a pass from the top of the left faceoff circle before taking the lead with a second period goal that came off the stick of the senior standout.
Despite surrendering a two-goal lead, Connecticut College responded by getting a power play marker from Connolly in the third before Dillon found the back of the net in overtime to give the visitors the sudden victory.
Junior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) made 27 saves to pick up the victory for Connecticut College, which was narrowly outshot by a 30-28 margin. Han redirected 24 shots in the losing effort.
Connecticut College returns to action when it visits Manhattanville on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3:00 p.m.