Second-Ranked Middlebury Shuts Out Endicott

Lin Han had a busy week in net.
Lin Han had a busy week in net.

Middlebury goalie Lin Han stopped all 27 shots she faced, as the second-ranked Panthers notched a 3-0 road win at Endicott (12-2) on Saturday. The shutout was Middlebury's sixth this season and they have allowed only one goal in the last four contests. The Panthers (8-0-2) return to NESCAC play next weekend, with a road series at Wesleyan on January 17-18.

Middlebury put the pressure on the Gulls from the opening faceoff, taking the first 12 shots of the contest. The Panthers went up 1-0 on their 13th attempt, when Madie Leidt took a feed from Jenna Letterie at the blue line and wired a high shot over the glove of Endicott goalie Alyssa Peterson from the right faceoff dot with 9:36 expired.

In the middle frame, the Panthers tacked on two more goals, pushing the advantage to 3-0. Delanie Goniwiecha tallied with 7:43 showing on the clock, sending a rising shot from the right side to finish off a two-on-one break with Sidney Portner. Goniwiecha added her second of the game and fourth in the last three games, five minutes later as she beat a defender and fired a shot through the legs of Peterson for the tally.

Endicott had a chance to spoil the shutout bid in the final period with a late power play, but Middlebury erased the opportunity to finish off another shutout.

Peterson finished with 34 saves, as Middlebury held a 37-27 advantage in shots. The Panthers were 0-2 on the power play and killed off all four chances by the Gulls.