Middlebury and Conn. College Skate to 1-1 Tie in Women's Hockey

Middlebury and Conn. College Skate to 1-1 Tie in Women's Hockey

Third-ranked Middlebury and Connecticut College each scored in the second period as the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie on Saturday in Kenyon Arena. The goals came 2:05 apart with the Camels getting on the scoreboard first before the Panthers pulled even. Middlebury (4-1-1, 3-0-1) is back on the ice next Saturday when it hosts Castleton at 3:00 p.m., while Connecticut College (1-3-1, 0-3-1) is home against Holy Cross on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Both goaltenders came up strong for their respective teams as Kiana Verplancke made 22 saves in her collegiate debut for the Panthers, and Katherine Chester turned away 31 shots for the guests.

The opening period saw the Panthers double up the Camels in shots with a 14-7 advantage. A pair of those chances came on 2-on-1 rushes as Kelly Sherman got the first of those opportunities 8:51 into the game with Chester making the save. Just over two minutes later, Allie Aiello skated up the right wing for Middlebury and got off a shot from inside the circle which Chester shouldered away.

Conn. College had its best scoring chance at the 16:00 mark when Lily Connolly one-timed a pass from behind the net, but the shot was quickly blocked away by defender Julia Wardwell.

In the second period, the Camels broke through for the game's first goal on their initial shot of the period. Connolly corralled a free puck in the near circle and wired a shot under the cross bar for a 1-0 lead at the 4:23 mark.

The Panthers countered minutes later when Katherine Jackson directed a shot at the Camel goal that Chester stopped, but Sherman pounced on the rebound for her second tally of the season. That goal tied the game with 6:28 expired in the middle stanza.

Still in the second, Middlebury came close to taking its first lead at 12:31. Jessica Young drove the slot and got off a low shot that was denied and Aiello was stopped on her rebound attempt by Chester.

The game remained tied through the third period with the Camels killing off a Middlebury power play that started with 13:52 expired. Conn. College also generated a scoring chance in the final minute when Verplancke stopped a bid by Stephanie Izzi, before Elana Gaultieri directed the rebound wide.

The teams skated 4-on-4 in the five-minute overtime and each team getting one quality chance. Wardwell produced Middlebury's opportunity with a low shot from the point that Chester snared. For the Camels, Gualtieri fired a shot high from the slot as she fell to the ice with 27.7 seconds left.

A combined two penalties were called in the game as each team had one power play.