The Middlebury women's hockey team scored three times in the second period on Saturday to break open a close game, as the Panthers posted a 5-0 victory over Endicott in Kenyon Arena. Seventh-ranked Middlebury (7-3-3) plays again on Friday when it hosts Bowdoin, while the Gulls (8-5-2) face the Polar Bears on Tuesday with both games starting at 7:00 p.m.
The Panthers dominated the opening period, holding a 24-2 edge in on shots goal, but Endicott goalie Vendela Jonsson stopped 23 of those attempts. The one that eluded her came at the 8:31 mark of the period, when Maddie Winslow shuffled in a loose puck just outside the crease. That goal came while the Panthers were on the power play and was Winslow's team-leading fifth marker of the season.
Middlebury broke through for three goals in the middle period, as Katherine Jackson made it 2-0 at the 8:16 mark. She scored off a nice pass from behind the net by Rachael St. Clair for her first collegiate goal. The Panthers made it a three-goal game 1:28 later, when Haley LaFontaine scored from the point after Shanna Hickman won a faceoff in the Endicott zone. The goal was LaFontaine's first as a Panther.
The final tally of the period started behind the Middlebury net, as Ellie Martini sent a breakout pass to Winslow in the neutral zone. That created a two-on-one advantage for the Panthers as Winslow set up Jackson for her second of the game and a 4-0 lead (14:33).
The Gulls had two good chances seconds apart in the final minutes of the period. The first opportunity was by Courtney Walpole from close range that Panther goalie Marisa Dreher stopped. The second came on a cross-ice feed from Caroline Hughes to Lexi Klein, but Klein pushed her shot wide.
Middlebury netted the final goal of the game 5:00 into the third period, when Jessica Young split a pair of Gull defenders and slipped the puck through Jonsson's pads.
Endicott had a good scoring bid late in the game on a rush by Hughes, but Dreher (12 saves) shouldered the high shot aside to preserve her first career shutout.
Jonsson finished the game with 48 saves, as the Panthers held a 53-12 margin in shots on goal.