Two Third-Period Goals Carry #8 Middlebury Past Amherst

Anna Goldstein made 21 saves in the win over Amherst for her second shutout of the season.
Anna Goldstein made 21 saves in the win over Amherst for her second shutout of the season.

The Middlebury women's hockey team received two goals from Jenna Letterie and 21 saves from goalie Anna Goldstein, as the Panthers posted a 2-0 shutout over Amherst on Saturday. Eighth-ranked Middlebury (3-0-1, 3-0-1) is idle until November 30, when it hosts second-ranked Adrian in the opening round of the Panther/Cardinal Classic, while the Mammoths (1-2-1, 1-2-1) host Utica on the same day.

The opening 20 minutes didn't produce any goals, but each team threatened. Amherst had two chances just over a minute apart midway through the frame with Goldstein holding her ground each time. She first denied Emma Flynn from below the left circle, before stopping Kaitlin Hoang from the same spot. Middlebury's best chance came with eight minutes on the clock, as Claudia Vira created a turnover in the neutral zone and got the puck up to Katie Hargrave, who fired a low shot that was kicked aside by Mammoth goalie Caitlin Walker.

A Panther power play early in the second period almost produced a goal for the hosts. Maddie Bayard had her shot stopped by Walker, while Mary Thompson backhanded the rebound on goal that was also denied. Hoang almost potted a late tally for the Mammoths on the power play, as her deflection from the right of the net hit the cross bar as the teams remained scoreless after 40 minutes of play.

The hosts took the lead 1:14 into the final frame on a goal that came in transition. Letterie won the puck in her own zone and sent a cross-ice pass to Bayard. Bayard set up Letterie in the slot, who wired a shot into the upper-right corner of the net. Amherst's best chance to get the equalizer came with just over three minutes remaining, as Goldstein knocked down a shot from the point by Stephanie Nomicos and Hoang's rebound bid from the doorstep.

The Mammoths pulled Walker for an extra skater with 1:49 on the clock, however, the Panthers won the ensuing faceoff and Sidney Portner set up Letterie for the empty netter 10 seconds later.

Goldstein is 2-0 on the young season with a pair of shutouts, stopping all 40 shots she has seen so far. Walker finished with 33 saves, as the hosts held a 35-21 edge in shots.