#4 Middlebury Completes Weekend Sweep at Colby

Katarina Shuchuk scored twice for the Panthers in Saturday's victory at Colby.
Katarina Shuchuk scored twice for the Panthers in Saturday's victory at Colby.

Middlebury extended its NESCAC unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1), as the Panthers skated to a 7-2 triumph at Colby on Saturday. Fourth-ranked Middlebury (16-4-2, 12-1-1) concludes the regular season with a two-game series against Williams, starting Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Massachusetts.  

The Mules (7-12-4, 2-10-4) had a quality scoring chance to get on the scoreboard just over a minute into the contest, but Anna Cosentino's shot hit the post. The Panthers finished the opening period strong, netting a pair of goals in a span of 1:14. Jessica Young began the scoring with four minutes showing on the clock, when Janka Hlinka slid a pass to Young at the right post for a power-play tally. Ellie Barney recorded her second goal in as many games moments later for a 2-0 lead, poking the puck through Colby goalie Cierra San Roman off a scramble in front of the net.

In the middle stanza, Middlebury cashed in on another power play at the 2:09 mark. Anna Zumwinkle took a pass at the left point, skated to the high slot and fired a shot through traffic for her third goal of the season. The Panthers nearly made it a four-goal difference just nine seconds later when Katherine Jackson rang a shot off the post.

The Mules got on the scoreboard at the 14:22 mark when Lauren King knocked in a centering pass from the right wing by Elizabeth Brashich. The goal came while the Mules were on a power play and trimmed the difference to 3-1 after two periods.

Madie Leidt added a power-play goal for the Panthers 1:08 into the final 20 minutes, wristing a shot from the right circle past San Roman for her seventh of the year. Katarina Shuchuk made it 5-1, one timing a pass from Elizabeth Wulf from close range. After the Mules cut the margin to 5-2 with a power-play goal, Hlinka scored with a Mule in the penalty box with 7:34 expired, while Shuchuk tacked on her second of the contest in the latter stages, giving the Panthers a season-high seven goals.

Julia Neuburger recorded 16 saves in goal for Middlebury, while San Roman made 34 for the Mules and Savannah Shaw had 11 over the final 10:50 of the contest. The Panthers held a 52-18 advantage on shots, while going 3-6 on the power play with the Mules scoring twice on six opportunities.