Courtesy Middlebury Athletic Communications
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury scored four goals in a 4:12 span in the second period on its way to a 5-1 win over Colby (6-17-2) in a NESCAC Quarterfinal match-up. The Panthers (19-3-3) advance to host next weekend's NESCAC semifinals and championship on Saturday/Sunday in Kenyon Arena.
Middlebury had a nice chance just 1:30 into the game, but Jennifer Krakower's shot hit the post. Following a failed Colby power play, the Panther hit another pipe, this one coming from Madison Styrbicki. The Panthers put on a lot of pressure with a power play midway through the period, but the game remained scoreless. Colby had its best chance at the 14:40 mark, but a shot from Karlyn Donovan after a feed from Slyvia Xistris was denied by Annabelle Jones. The Mules had a few looks on a power play at the 16:40 mark, but the period ended scoreless with shots at 10-10.
Middlebury broke through 3:02 into the second period with a power play goal as Maggie Woodward tipped in a shot for her ninth of the season.
The Panthers drew a double minor midway through the period, scoring on both opportunities. The first goal was a nice feed from Lauren Greer behind the net to Woodward in front for her second of the game. Just 41 seconds later, Strybicki scored with a shot from the left point that deflected into the net for her fourth of the year.
Maria Bourdeau netted her second of the year with a shot in off the pipe from the left point at the 14:08 mark to make it a 4-0 game. The Panthers scored another on the power play at 15:21, with Emily Fluke finishing in front for her third of the year after a shot from Strybicki had been saved.
Colby got on the board 3:02 into the third period, when Caroline Chessar's shot down low deflected in of Jones as she was down.
Jones played solid all game long, finishing the afternoon with 28 saves to earn the win. Brianne Wheeler stopped 35 shots between the pipes for the Mules.