Sherman's Overtime Goal Lifts Women's Hockey Past Trinity

Kelly Sherman scored the game-winner in overtime.
Kelly Sherman scored the game-winner in overtime.

For the second-straight day, Middlebury scored in overtime to pick up a 2-1 overtime NESCAC road win at Trinity (0-2, 0-2). The fifth-ranked Panthers complete their opening weekend with a 2-0 mark and will return to action on November 26 when they host Utica at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Panther/Cardinal Classic.

Kelly Sherman scored the game-winning goal after a scrum in the crease with just 1.1 seconds left in overtime for the win. The setback was gut-wrenching for the Bantams, who killed off six of seven penalties in regulation including all three of the third period before giving up the power-play goal in overtime.

Trinity's Melissa Maffeo and Kelcie Finn both got off decent shots while the Bantams played short-handed in the final 90 seconds, but Middlebury goalie Lin Han made saves on both. 

Bantam goaltender Kai-Lilly Karpman made a clutch stop on a shot by Jenna Marotta inside the last minute, but the Panthers controlled the last face off and Sherman stuffed the puck in from close on the left side on a rebound of her own shot for the clinching goal.

Middlebury struck first when Carly Watson converted on the third of three Panther power plays in the opening 20 minutes with an assist credited to Anna Zumwinkle.

Trinity nearly tied the score very early in the second frame, but a one-timer by Alex Wallin was turned away by Han.  Moments later, Finn took a pass ahead from Alex Sinson and beat Han for the Bantam goal 3:30 after the first break.  The Panthers fought off a five-on-three situation later in the middle frame to keep the game tied despite a 16-11 shooting edge for the visitors. 

Trinity's Taylor Foy foiled a two-on-one for the Panthers in the scoreless third period that featured just eight shots on goal and one by Trinity. She blocked a Middlebury shot into an open net after the puck had gotten behind Karpman in the overtime. Karpman finished with 25 saves, while Han had 15 stops for the Panthers, earning her first collegiate victory. Middlebury held a 27-16 shots advantage in the game.