MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury scored three goals in a 1:42 span in the second period on its way to a 4-0 win over Bowdoin (8-6-1, 3-3-1) in NESCAC action on Friday night in Kenyon Arena.
The second-ranked Panthers (11-2-2, 7-0-2) held a slim 19-18 shots advantage in the game, with Annabelle Jones making 18 saves en route to her seventh career shutout. The teams will face-off again on Saturday with game time set for 3:00 p.m.
Bowdoin controlled much of the first period, but were unable to capitalize on a pair of power plays despite holding an 8-1 shots advantage in the first 20 minutes.
The Polar Bears had a great chance to score 3:30 into the second period, but Ariana Bourque was denied on a breakaway by a nice stop from Jones.
Middlebury's three-goal spurt began at the 5:01 mark when Hannah Bielawski made a goal line pass to Katie Sullivan for the quick redirect on the far side for the 1-0 lead. Just 26 seconds later, the Panthers made it a 2-0 game with a power play goal. Emily Fluke found Sara Ugalde on the right side, as she snapped a shot into the back of the net for her seventh of the year. The lead increased to 3-0 at 6:64 when Sullivan scored her team-leading 10th of the season, converting a two-on-one feed from Jennifer Krakower. The period ended with the Panthers holding an 11-3 shots advantage and a 3-0 lead.
Lan Crofton kept Bowdoin in the game early in the third, stopping Carly Watson who broke in all alone. The Panthers had a five-on three power play for 50 seconds at the 4:44 mark, but were unable to take advantage. Middlebury netted its second power play tally at the 6:46 mark when Katie Mandigo netted her fifth of the year, tipping in a shot from Julia Wardwell.
Crofton finished with 15 stops for the Polar Bears, with the Panthers going 2-8 on the power play.