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Women’s Ice Hockey Settles for 1-1 Tie With Middlebury

Erin Dillon

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie with No. 5 Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.

Middlebury (3-1-2, NESCAC 3-0-1) dominated the first period by outshooting the Camels, 12-4, and had its best chance to score when it had a 5-on-3 opportunity for more than a minute. But just like last night when the Camels were in the same situation, the Panthers were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. Freshman goalie Carly Denora (Verona, N.J.) made two saves, and an additional two shots were blocked by Connecticut College defenders.

The hosts took control of the second period and outshot the Panthers by a 13-6 margin, but it was the visitors who were able to break the scoreless deadlock during a power play. Jenna Marotta had the puck near the left point and passed the puck down to Madie Leidt, who was stationed inside the left faceoff circle. The sophomore then found Jenna Letterie, who finished by slipping the puck past Denora at the 15:15 mark of the frame.

Connecticut College, however, came out strong in the third period and was able to net the equalizer by applying constant pressure. Junior defender Ellie Branka (Medfield, Mass.) sent the puck in through traffic and found senior Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.), who redirected it into the nylon.

The Camels thought they had netted a go-ahead goal just minutes later when a shot by freshman Natalie Witkowski (Cheshire, Conn.) found its way past Panther goalie Anna Goldstein, who fell down inside the crease during the play. The officials, however, disallowed the goal by ruling goaltender interference happened to keep the game tied. Nothing was decided the rest of the way, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Denora made 25 saves between the pipes for Connecticut College, while Middlebury's Goldstein turned away 27 shots on the other end.

Connecticut College (3-1-2, NESCAC 1-1-2) will continue a challenging stretch in its schedule when it next hosts No. 3 Norwich, which won the national championship last season, on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.