Women's Hockey Blanks Connecticut College In Opener

Lin Han earned her 12th career shutout on Friday night.
Lin Han earned her 12th career shutout on Friday night.

The Middlebury women's hockey team opened up its 2019-20 season with a 3-0 road win at Connecticut College. The 10th-ranked Panthers are back in action on Saturday with another game against the Camels at 3:00 p.m.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 15:08 into the game with the first goal of her career for Maddie Bayard. The power-play tally came as Bayard centered the puck to Mary Thompson, before it found its way back to Bayard for the goal.

Just 1:10 later, Anna Zumwinkle's initial shot from the left point was saved, before Ashley McDonald put home the rebound for the 2-0 advantage.

The Panthers made it a 3-0 game with another power-play goal just 13 seconds into the second period. Claudia Vira stopped a clearing attempt along the left boards and sent a pass to Madie Leidt for the score.

Middlebury goaltender Lin Han kept the Camels off the board four minutes into the period, making a great save on Lauren Helm on a two-on-one break.

Han kept the shutout intact in the final minute, making a nice save on Camile Phelan to earn the 12th clean sheet of her career.

Middlebury held a 19-17 shots advantage in the game as Carly Denora made 16 stops for the Camels and Han finished with 17. The Panthers were 2-2 on the power play, while the Camels went 0-1.