Middlebury Shuts Out Women's Hockey in Friday Action

Kerri St. Denis allowed just the early power play goal and stood tall in net to keep the Polar Bears close.
Kerri St. Denis allowed just the early power play goal and stood tall in net to keep the Polar Bears close.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Middlebury women's ice hockey team made a first period goal stand and skated to a 1-0 win over visiting Bowdoin on Friday evening.

The sixth-ranked Panthers (9-3-1, 5-1-1 NESCAC), extended Bowdoin's conference woes with the shutout (7-5-1, 1-5-1 NESCAC).

Game Highlights

  • Middlebury jumped out to the early lead, scoring 4:07 into the contest with a power play goal. Madie Leidt took the puck coast-to-coast and through a pair of defenders before putting a diving shot past Kerri St. Denis.
  • The hosts nearly doubled the lead with just under eight minutes remaining, as Janka Hlinka had two bids from point-blank range turned aside by St. Denis.
  • In the final minute of the second period, the Polar Bears had two promising chances on the power play. Maegan Sheehan directed a shot on goal from the right point through traffic that Lin Han blockered aside. Han denied Marissa Fichter from the left side, just seconds later.
  • Bowdoin had a good look midway through the third period, when Fichter skated out of the left corner and fired a shot off Han's shoulder. Seconds later, Katie Leininger's tip in front was sticked aside.

By the Numbers

  • St. Denis turned away 24 shots for the Polar Bears.
  • Han made 27 saves for Middlebury.
  • The Panthers went 1-for-2 on the power play.
  • Bowdoin was 0-for-3 on the power play.

Up Next

  • The two teams square off again tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.