Dec. 1, 2008


Courtesy of Hamilton College

Nationally ranked No. 1 Middlebury College scored four power-play goals and the visiting Panthers went on to an 8-2 win against Hamilton College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game played at Russell Sage Rink on Nov. 29.

Things looked good early for the Continentals (3-1 overall, 0-1 NESCAC) as they opened the scoring at 10:01 of the first period. Christie Sharlow '11 scored her third goal on a one-timer from between the circles. Stephanie Miguel '11 started the play from behind the net and passed to Kathryn Kroleski '09, who was a few feet to the left of the goal. Kroleski and Sharlow posted one goal and one assist apiece.

The Panthers (3-0-1, 2-0) responded with three goals during the remainder of the opening period, two of which came on power plays. Hamilton was plagued by penalties in the loss and was whistled 11 times to five for Middlebury. The Panthers were 4-for-11 with the extra skater, and another goal came just three seconds after a power-play opportunity ended. Meanwhile, Middlebury killed all five Continental power plays.

Hamilton's second and final goal came 11:11 into the second period, when Kroleski picked up a rebound in front of the net and lifted the puck over the diving Middlebury goalie. The goal cut Middlebury's lead to 4-2, but the Panthers went on to score four unanswered for the win.

Meg Shine '10 made 29 saves in goal for the Continentals. Hamilton was outshot 37-24. Kroleski and Miguel are tied for the team lead with seven points.

The Continentals host Williams College for another NESCAC contest on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m.