The seventh-ranked Middlebury women's hockey team opened the 2018 portion of the schedule with a 4-2 NESCAC road triumph Friday at 10th-ranked Amherst. The Panthers (5-3-0, 4-1-0) and Mammoths (5-5-0, 2-3-0) conclude their two-game series Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
The hosts had a good chance to open the scoring with 14:07 on the clock in the first period. Amherst's Emma Flynn skated in on a breakaway against Panther goalie Lin Han, who made a nice glove save to keep the contest scoreless. Middlebury grabbed a 1-0 lead with 11:07 expired when Alexis Ryan netted her first collegiate goal with a wrist shot from the high slot that found its way into the lower-left part of the net.
In the middle stanza, the Panthers increased their lead to 2-0, as Elizabeth Wulf tucked in her own rebound with 16:38 on the clock. The advantage grew to three goals 2:27 when Madie Leidt ripped a one-timer from the left circle into the upper part of the net while on the power play. Amherst took a timeout following the goal and the hosts tallied 28 seconds later on a score by Alex Toupal from left side of the crease, cutting the difference to 3-1.
The final period got off to a fast start, as Han stopped Amherst's Jocelyn Hunyadi on a breakaway right off the opening faceoff. The Mammoths eventually pulled to within a goal (3-2) at the 2:27 mark when Emma Griese scored on a power-play from the top of the crease. Sidney Portner regained Middlebury's two-goal advantage with 12:02 remaining, firing a shot from the right circle inside the far post for her second tally of the season to close out the scoring.
Han earned the win in goal for the Panthers with 25 saves, while Bailey Plaman (25:50) had 12 stops and Dobbins (32:55) had 15 for the Mammoths. Middlebury held a 31-27 advantage in shots and each team went 1-2 on the power play.