Middlebury scored two goals in the third period en route to a 3-1 victory against Bowdoin on Friday in Watson Arena. The seventh-ranked Panthers (9-1-3, 5-0-2) and the Polar Bears (1-13-1, 0-7-0) conclude their two-game NESCAC series in Maine on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Following a scoreless first period where the Polar Bears held an 11-6 advantage in shots, the Panthers broke the scoreless tie with 4:52 elapsed in the middle stanza. Anna Zumwinkle ripped a shot from the right point that Ellie Barney tipped into the Bowdoin net for her second tally of the season.
The hosts knotted the score at 1-1 at the 12:21 mark when Angelina Joyce intercepted a pass on her defensive blueline. She skated in and fired a shot that Middlebury goalie Lin Han saved, but the rebound came off to the end boards. Joyce skated onto the puck, ripping an odd-angled shot from the left faceoff circle that snuck past Han. The tally ended a scoreless streak of 155:58 by the Panther defensive unit.
In the final period, the Panthers regained the lead for good just 1:58 into the frame. Morgan Griffin collected a turnover in the offensive zone, firing a shot between the circles that ticked off the glove of Bowdoin goalie Kerri St. Denis and into the Polar Bear net. Middlebury increased its lead to 3-1 at the 11:48 mark when Jenna Letterie tapped in a loose puck on a rebound in front of the Polar Bear crease for her sixth goal of the winter.
Bowdoin pulled St. Denis for an extra attacker for the final 1:25, but Middlebury's defense didn't allow any shots and erased the remaining time for the team's fifth-straight victory.
Han collected 26 saves in the victory for the Panthers, while St. Denis also finished with 26 stops. Middlebury went 0-2 on the power play and muted Bowdoin's lone attempt.