Second-ranked Middlebury women's hockey team remained unbeaten on the season, skating to a 2-0 triumph at UMass Boston on Friday, snapping a six-game win streak for the Beacons (9-7-1). The Panthers (7-0-2) are right back in action on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. start at Endicott.
Middlebury carried play through the first period, holding a lopsided 18-4 edge in shots on goal. The Panthers had a good opportunity with nine minutes expired on a shot from the bottom of the right circle by Katie Hargrave, that Beacon goalie Caty Flagg shouldered aside. UMass Boston's best chance of the frame came with seven minutes remaining when Hannah MacDougall was denied by Panther netminder Anna Goldstein on her bid from the right circle. Middlebury grabbed a 1-0 lead with just eight seconds on the clock, when Mary Thompson slid the puck back to Anna Zumwinkle at the left point, who sent a shot through traffic that found its way into the upper portion of the net.
The visitors nearly doubled their lead in the early stages of the second frame, as Alexis Ryan hit the inside of the post with a shot from the left point. UMass Boston pressed midway through the period with Elie Fallieras and Katie Leffler each being turned away by Goldstein. The Panthers claimed a 2-0 lead just after a power play has expired, as Sidney Portner was all alone by the right post, as she swept in a rebound on a shot from the point by Claudia Vira with 7:02 on the clock.
The Beacons had a better third period, forcing Goldstein to make seven saves during that time. Middlebury's penalty-killing unit came up big late, erasing back-to-back minors, before muting a 6x4 advantage for UMass Boston in the final 33.3 seconds with Flagg pulled for an extra skater.
Goldstein recorded her third shutout in five decisions (5-0-0) this season with 14 saves, while Flagg registered a season-high 47 stops for the Beacons.
The visitors held a decisive 49-14 advantage in shots and each team came up empty on three power-play opportunities.
Through nine games this season, the Panthers have not allowed more than one goal in a game and have yielded only four all year. Middlebury leads the country in team defense, allowing a mere 0.44 goals per game with five shutouts. They have also killed off 23-24 shorthanded situations.