Winslow’s Overtime Goal Pushes #5 Middlebury Past Hamilton

Rachael St. Clair scored her first goal of the season in the win.
Rachael St. Clair scored her first goal of the season in the win.

Maddie Winslow scored 44 seconds into overtime, lifting fifth-ranked Middlebury (12-3-1, 8-1-1) to a 2-1 victory at Hamilton (10-6-1, 7-3) in Sage Rink. The win puts the Panthers in first place all alone in the NESCAC standings, as they complete the two-game sweep of the Continentals. Middlebury returns to action on Tuesday night when they host top-ranked Plattsburgh at 7:00 p.m.

After a scoreless first period where Middlebury outshot Hamilton 16-2, the Panthers took a 1-0 lead 2:39 into the second session. Ellie Barney's shot from the right point was saved, before Rachael St. Clair pounced on the rebound for a 1-0 lead. 

Hamilton tied the game at the 7:59 mark, taking advantage of a turnover. Maddie Beitler made a quick feed to Andrea Rockey, who deked before scoring through the five hole to knot the game at 1-1. The period ended with the visitors holding another sizable edge in shots, 16-6.

Neither team was able to take the lead in the third, forcing the game into overtime.

Middlebury dominated the shots on goal battle, holding a 48-18 advantage. Julia Neuburger made 17 saves in goal to earn the win, while Sam Walther made 46 stops for the hosts.