#6 Middlebury Skates to 2-2 Tie With #2 Elmira

Lin Han makes one of her career-high 27 saves in Monday's 2-2 tie with Elmira.
Lin Han makes one of her career-high 27 saves in Monday's 2-2 tie with Elmira.

Elmira scored twice in the game's final three minutes as the Middlebury women's hockey team and the Soaring Eagles skated to a 2-2 overtime tie on Monday. The sixth-ranked Panthers (5-2-1) return to NESCAC play this weekend hosting Amherst in a two-game series, while second-ranked Elmira (7-0-2) travels back to Vermont to participate in the East-West Showcase hosted by Norwich starting Saturday.

The hosts held a territorial edge in a scoreless opening period, taking seven of the stanza's 10 shots. Middlebury nearly broke through for a goal in the closing seconds, as Maddie Winslow fired a shot from the left circle that Elmira goalie Kyle Nelson turned aside and Jessica Young pushed the rebound just wide of the right post.

The Panthers opened the scoring with 10:04 left in the second period on a shorthanded goal. Haley LaFontaine chipped the puck out of the zone to spring Elizabeth Wulf on a 2-on-1 opportunity. Wulf took the shot herself, putting the puck into the top corner of the net for her third tally of the season.

Minutes later, Panther goalie Lin Han protected that lead with a stellar right pad save on Elmira's Maddy Jerolman, who tried to stuff in a pass from Louisa Lippiatt Durnell at the left post.

The hosts doubled their advantage in the last minute of the middle period when Winslow tucked a shot under the cross bar from the slot on a feed from Young. The goal came with 34.4 seconds on the clock and was Winslow's second of the year.

In the third stanza, the Soaring Eagles made it a one-goal game with 2:44 remaining when Maddie Evangelous put in a rebound just after Han made a tremendous save on Sarah Hughson. The visitors got the equalizer with 59.8 seconds while Nelson was pulled for an extra attacker. Lippiatt Durnell jammed in a rebound at the right post.

The teams skated through a scoreless overtime period, but Elmira had a golden chance with Hughson starring down an open net. Hughson was unable to settle the bouncing puck and her and her shot attempt went wide.

Han finished with 27 saves for the Panthers, while Nelson registered 22 stops. Each team was scoreless on the power play, with Middlebury getting three chances and Elmira four.