No. 6 Middlebury Edges Wesleyan

Madie Leidt scored two goals in Friday's win at Wesleyan.
Madie Leidt scored two goals in Friday's win at Wesleyan.

Middlebury's Madie Leidt scored at the 5:19 mark of the third period on Friday evening, lifting the Panthers to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over host Wesleyan. Sixth-ranked Middlebury (12-2-3, 8-1-2) and the Cardinals (5-12-1, 2-8-1) wrap up the two-game weekend set on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

The Panthers looked to get on the board with 7:57 expired in the opening period, but Jenna Letterie's wrister from the top of the right faceoff circle was denied by a glove save from Cardinal goalie Allegra Grant. Wesleyan's Sydnée Goyer had a great chance to open the scoring at the 8:40 mark, but her shot from the doorstep was thwarted by Middlebury goaltender Lin Han.

The visitor's best opportunity to score during the first period came with 16:53 expired after Sidney Porter's initial shot was denied by Grant. The puck careened off Grant's pads and nearly slid inside the right post, but Audrey McMahon collected the loose puck and cleared it out of Wesleyan's defensive zone. 

The hosts broke the scoreless contest with 6:06 expired in the second period when Gina Mangiafridda redirected a shot by Sarah Takahashi, making it 1-0. Middlebury answered at the 11:01 mark during a power play after Jenna Marotta intercepted a failed clearing attempt by Wesleyan. Marotta blasted a shot from the high slot, before Ellie Barney tipped it in to knot the game 1-1.

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal at the 14:25 mark. Leidt collected the puck after a faceoff in the Middlebury defensive zone, before skating in on a breakaway toward Grant. Leidt forced Grant off her line, before beating her with a shot into the back of the net. The Cardinals found the equalizer with four seconds remaining in the second frame when Jackie Kilar scored through the five-hole, making it 2-2 heading into intermission.

In the third, Middlebury tallied the game winner at the 5:19 mark when Leidt blasted a shot from the left faceoff circle to make it 3-2.           

Han made 22 stops during the win for the Panthers, while Grant tallied 38 saves. Middlebury held a 41-24 edge in shots.