#4 Middlebury Blanks Colby 2-0

Ellie Barney scored a shorthanded goal in the second period against Colby.
Ellie Barney scored a shorthanded goal in the second period against Colby.

Middlebury's Ellie Barney scored the game-winning goal in the second period and Lin Han stopped all 15 shots she faced, as the Panthers netted a 2-0 NESCAC road win Friday at Colby. Fourth-ranked Middlebury (14-4-2, 11-1-1) and Mules (7-11-4, 2-8-4) conclude their two-game series Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

The Panthers had a big advantage in the opening period, taking 15 of the 16 shots. Colby goalie Cierra San Roman was perfect, finishing with 15 saves.

The visitors broke through for a goal in the second period, while skating shorthanded. Haley LaFontaine started the play behind the Middlebury net and quickly moved the puck up to Barney. Barney beat a defender along the left side and used a low shot into the right corner at the 6:39 mark for her second goal of the season.

In the third period, the Mules pulled San Roman with two minutes remaining and seconds later, Han thwarted Moira Mullaney's scoring bid. Middlebury iced the game with .3 seconds on the clock when LaFontaine scored into an empty net.

With her 15 saves, Han noted her team-leading fifth shutout of the year, while San Roman stopped 35 shots. Middlebury held a decisive 37-15 advantage in shots and both teams finished 0-3 on the power play.