Middlebury's Maddie Winslow factored in on all three goals as the Panthers defeated visiting Amherst 3-1 on Friday in NESCAC action. Winslow netted a pair of goals and assisted on another as Middlebury (6-2-1, 4-1-0) remained tied for the conference lead. The two teams wrap up their two-game series on Saturday in Kenyon Arena at 3:00 p.m.
Each team struck on the power play in the opening period with Amherst (4-4-1, 1-3-1) getting on the scoreboard first. Katie Savage slid in her own rebound from the top of the crease with 8:17 on the clock. The hosts countered late in the period on a nice passing play. Elizabeth Wulf won the puck in the corner and shuffled a pass to Jessica Young, who skated to the top of the right circle. Young set up Winslow for a one-timer below the left face-off dot for her third tally of the season. The goal came with 1:19 on the clock and sent the teams into the first intermission deadlocked at 1-1.
The score remained tied throughout the second period, with each team coming up empty on a power play. The Purple and White had a good chance in the closing seconds when Caitlyn Ryan gathered a loose puck on the doorstep, but Julia Neuburger denied her bid from point-blank range to keep the score tied.
Middlebury netted the eventual game winner with 7:11 left in the final stanza when Janka Hlinka forced a turnover at the Amherst blue line and fired a cross-ice pass to Winslow. Winslow quickly sent the puck back right circle to Young, who one-timed the pass into the back of the Amherst goal for her team-leading fifth tally of the year.
The guests nearly tied the game with a two-on-one rush in the final minute, but Neuburger made a nice pad save on shot from the left wing by Alex Toupal, preserving the lead. The Panthers added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left when Winslow potted her second of the game and fourth of the year after Jenna Marotta chipped the puck out of the defensive zone.
Neuburger made 26 saves to earn the win for the Panthers, while Bailey Plaman, who entered the game leading the country in goals against average at .32 goals per game, finished with 17 stops. Amherst held a 27-20 edge in shots and each team scored once the power play with Amherst getting three opportunities and Middlebury two.