#6 Middlebury Shuts Out #10 Endicott, 3-0

Rachael St. Clair notched her second goal of the season in the victory.
Rachael St. Clair notched her second goal of the season in the victory.

Middlebury outshot visiting Endicott 39-13 as the Panthers posted a 3-0 shutout on Saturday in Kenyon Arena in a matchup of two nationally-ranked programs. Sixth-ranked Middlebury (8-2-2) returns to NESCAC play on Friday, traveling to Bowdoin for a 7:00 p.m. game, while the 10th-ranked Gulls (12-2-1) head to Maine to play the Polar Bears on Tuesday.

The first period ended in a scoreless tie, but each team had their chances to get onto the scoreboard. The Panthers had a good opportunity with just over 13 minutes on the clock when Jessica Young slipped a pass behind the Endicott defense to Maddie Winslow. Winslow, who was alone at the top of the crease, had her shot denied by Gull goalie Vandela Jonsson. The guests almost scored in the waning seconds of the initial stanza when Middlebury goalie Lin Han stopped Rachel Lustenring's shot, but Michaela McNamara slide the rebound just wide of the post.

The Panthers took the lead in the second period, scoring just after the Gulls had a quality scoring chance. Jillian Gibbs cut through the slot and backhanded a shot that Han turned away. Middlebury carried the puck up the ice and Young buried a rebound by the right post after Winslow's initial shot was stopped. The goal was Young's team-leading seventh of the year and with her assist, Winslow extended her point streak to nine-straight games (6-6-12).

Middlebury came close to adding a second goal on a nice passing play that started in its own end. Elizabeth Wulf tipped a centering pass from Young on goal that Jonsson directed wide.

A little over 10 minutes into the third, the hosts made it 2-0 when Katarina Shuchuk pushed a pass from the goal line out to a charging Wulf, who blasted a shot through Jonsson for her fourth goal of the season. The Gulls just missed getting a goal when Allison Young rang a shot off the right post with 7:35 on the clock.

The hosts iced the win at the 14:12 mark when Rachael St. Clair cleaned up a rebound on a shot from Allie Aiello, making the final 3-0.

Han made 13 saves for the Panthers, recording her first career shutout, while Jonsson stopped 36 shots for Endicott. Middlebury erase two Gull power plays and Endicott held the hosts scoreless in their only opportunity.