Colby's Sadie Kuhn scored the game's only goal late in the first period and goalie Cierra San Roman stopped all 27 shots she faced, as the Mules upended Middlebury 1-0 on Saturday. The eighth-ranked Panthers (14-4-3, 9-3-2) play at third-ranked Plattsburgh State on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., while the Mules (11-8-3, 8-8-0) entertain Connecticut College Friday at 7:00 p.m.
The hosts had the first quality scoring chance of the contest with the opportunity coming in transition. Middlebury's Katherine Jackson sprung Katarina Shuchuk free on the left side and her bid from close range was turned away by San Roman. Seconds later, Panther netminder Anna Goldstein made back-to-back stops on Tess Dupre.
The Mules got on the scoreboard with 1:30 left in the opening frame when Lauren Klein won a faceoff and Kuhn's shot from the edge of the circle hit off Goldstein, went over her shoulder and trickled over the goal line.
In the middle stanza, Middlebury looked to draw even at the six-minute mark when Kiara Vazquez pinched in along the goal line and directed a shot by the right post that Sam Roman smothered. Goldstein's best stop of the period came minutes later, as Moira Mullaney broke in alone after collecting a turnover in the neutral zone. The Panthers had another good opportunity with one minute remaining when Madie Leidt carried the puck into the slot, hitting Katie Hargrave with a pass on the right side. Hargrave's attempt was denied by San Roman to keep the difference at a goal.
Middlebury pressed for the equalizer in the final period, as Jenna Marotta stepped into a shot from the left faceoff dot that San Roman corralled. Hargrave had another opportunity minutes later from the left side with a stick save by San Roman ending the threat. Middlebury pulled Goldstein for an extra attacker with 2:15 on the clock, but were unable to get any quality chances to force overtime.
Goldstein finished with 22 saves as the hosts held a 27-23 advantage in shots. Each team went 0-1 on the power play.