Women's Hockey Completes Weekend Sweep of Wesleyan

Sidney Portner earned a goal and an assist in the win.
Sidney Portner earned a goal and an assist in the win.

Middlebury tallied three power-play goals, completing a two-game NESCAC weekend sweep at Wesleyan on Saturday with a 4-2 triumph. The Panthers (12-5-2, 7-4-1) netted a 1-0 shutout on the road Friday at Wesleyan (7-8-4, 4-6-2). Ninth-ranked Middlebury is at top-ranked Plattsburgh State on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers cashed in on an early power play when Maddie Winslow lifted a rebound over Cardinal goalie Sam Smith. The goal was Winslow's seventh of the season and came at the 1:43 mark. Wesleyan snapped a long scoreless drought of 210:36 on a goal by Ellery Sarosi with 5:51 left in the period. The Panthers got the goal right back when Jessica Young skated past a defender and backhanded a shot past Smith for her team-leading 11th goal of the year.

Holding a 2-1 advantage heading into the middle stanza, Middlebury made it a two-goal contest late in the period. Janka Hlinka created a turnover in the neutral zone and laced a high shot into the net for her second tally in as many nights. The power-play marker came with 50 seconds left in the period.

In the final 20 minutes, the Panthers struck for a third power-play goal at the 9:34 mark. Sidney Portner recorded her first collegiate goal with assists from Winslow and Carly Watson. Wesleyan made it a 4-2 contest 1:32 later on a goal by Madeline Carroll to round out the scoring.

Lin Han earned the win between the pipes for the Panthers with 18 saves, while Smith finished with 27 for the Cardinals. Middlebury held a 31-20 edge in shots and also erased all three Wesleyan power plays.