Wesleyan's Sarah Goss scored the game's only goal in the second period, as the Cardinals held off Middlebury 1-0 on Saturday for the NESCAC victory. The win was the first in the series history for Wesleyan (6-12-1, 3-8-1) with the Panthers possessing a 59-1-4 mark since the initial meeting in the 1978-79 season. Sixth-ranked Middlebury (12-3-3, 8-2-2) returns to the ice Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., hosting eighth-ranked Norwich.
The Panthers had a great chance to open the scoring with 2:23 expired, but Jenna Marotta's shot hit the left pipe with her team on the power play. The Cardinals looked to get on the board at the 12:52 mark, as Goss sent a pass from the left faceoff circle to Audrey McMahon, but her bid from the slot was denied by Panther netminder Anna Goldstein. With 14:15 expired, Middlebury had a another to score on Morgan Griffin's wraparound attempt that was thwarted by Wesleyan's goaltender Allegra Grant, keeping the contest scoreless heading into the intermission.
In the second stanza, Panther Madie Leidt blasted a shot from the right faceoff circle at the 10:03 mark, but a sprawling save by Grant denied the opportunity. The Cardinals got the decisive goal a power play with 14:29 expired in the second frame. After a flurry of shots were denied by a strong Middlebury defense, Wesleyan persisted and found the back of the
The visitors had a chance to knot the game with 4:18 expired in the third period. Leidt intercepted a pass in transition, one-timing it from the slot, but a sprawling save by Grant denied the chance. Middlebury pulled its goaltender for the final 1:47 of play, hoping for an opportunity to tie the game. The best chance for the equalizer came with 27 seconds remaining in the contest, but Grant used her blocker to deny Leidt's chance, preserving the shutout for Wesleyan.
Goldstein stopped 15 of the 16 shots she faced, while Grant earned the shutout with 38 saves. Middlebury was 0-2 on the power play and the Cardinals were unsuccessful in their only opportunity.
Marotta skated in her 100th career game for the Panthers.