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Middlebury Blanks Women’s Ice Hockey in Battle Between NESCAC Perennial Powers

Kyla Floresca

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's ice hockey team was dealt a 3-0 setback by No. 5 Middlebury on Friday evening at Dayton Arena.

During an evenly played first period which saw the Panthers hold a 7-6 edge in shots, Connecticut College had a golden opportunity to get on the scoreboard first when it gained a 5-on-3 advantage for more than a minute in the middle of the frame. Even though the Camels controlled possession in their offensive end, the Middlebury defense would not allow the hosts to get any good looks from any closer than the blue line to keep the match scoreless.

Middlebury (3-1-1, NESCAC 3-0-0), however, took control in the second and eventually cashed in with the first goal of the game at the 3:15 mark of the second period. Ellie Barney won a battle for the puck along the boards and found Madie Leidt, who slipped the puck past freshman goalie Carly Denora (Verona, N.J.) and to the right post to put the Panthers ahead.

The Camels nearly tied the game in the opening minutes of the third when freshman Melissa Alexander (Bellingham, Mass.) came in on a breakaway following a faceoff win. However, her shot attempt sailed wide right which kept the visitors ahead.

Following a faceoff win in their defensive zone, the Panthers doubled the margin when Jenna Marotta poked the puck to Leidt, who went nearly coast-to-coast before finishing with a shot from the high slot with 14:25 remaining. Jenna Letterie then provided insurance by potting the rebound of a shot initially taken by Leidt, who factored into all three goals to power the Panthers to victory.

Lin Han earned the shutout victory between the pipes by turning away all 25 shots she faced for Middlebury, which outshot the Camels by a 32-25 margin in the contest. Denora made 29 saves in the setback.

Connecticut College (3-1-1, NESCAC 1-1-1) will look to avenge tonight's loss when the teams meet again tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.