Middlebury scored a late goal in the second period and goalie Anna Goldstein stopped all 15 shots she faced, as the Panthers skated to a 1-0 triumph on Sunday over Trinity. Middlebury (15-2-3, 10-1-1) returns to NESCAC play at home on Friday against Williams, while the Bantams (5-11-2, 0-10-2) are at Bowdoin with both contests starting at 7:00 p.m.
The teams skated through a fast-moving first period with the hosts holding an 8-4 edge in shots. Middlebury's best scoring chance came with 6:46 on the clock, as Mollie Dalbey gained possession of the puck on the right boards and fed Sidney Portner in the slot, with her bid being stopped by Trinity goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman.
In the second stanza, Trinity had a pair of scoring opportunities off the stick of Angelica Mushenko that Goldstein denied. The Panthers had a very active shift just past the midway point of the frame, as Madie Leidt fired four shots on goal and Katie Hargrave another. That pair assisted on a late goal for the hosts when Jenna Letterie backhanded a rebound into the net with 26.6 seconds left before the intermission for a 1-0 lead.
The Panthers looked to double their lead just over five minutes into the final frame with a power play. Letterie hit the left post, while Claudia Vira had two near misses on shots that went just wide. Trinity's Olive Scull had a shot from the left point travel through several sets of legs that Goldstein turned aside with less than six minutes remaining. Middlebury was whistled for a penalty with 1:49 left and the Bantams pulled Karpman for an extra skater. Ethel Wilhemsson and Mushenko each had shots on goal during the 6x4 advantage, but were unable to get the equalizer as the hosts ran out the clock.
The shutout was Goldstein's fourth of the season, while Karpman stopped 37-38 Panther shots she faced.
Middlebury came up empty on six power plays, while Trinity went scoreless in three opportunities. The Panthers remained perfect on the penalty kill against conference opponents this season, going 38-38.