MIDDLETOWN, Connecticut – The Wesleyan women's hockey team (6-6-1, 0-5-1) suffered a 3-1 loss against visiting No. 2 Middlebury on Saturday. With the win, the Panthers (10-0-2, 5-0-1) extended their unbeaten streak to 12 as they remain the only team in Division III without a loss.
- The Panthers, which boast the best team defense in the country, held the hosts without a shot on goal for the first 11 minutes of the game. The Cardinals did get a scoring chance with Colleen Castro firing a shot from inside the left circle that Panther goalie Lin Han snared with her glove.
- Jenna Letterie gave Middlebury a boost in the final minutes of the frame, stealing a Wesleyan clearing attempt for a shot and then getting a stab at the rebound, but was denied by Cardinal goalie Allegra Grant to keep the game scoreless at the first intermission.
- Katie Hargrave had a quality chance in the opening minutes of the second stanza for the visitors, as she circled into the slot and fired a high shot that Grant shrugged aside.
- Wesleyan's Caitlin Reilly had an opportunity moments later, with her bid from the inside of the right circle stopped by Han.
- Caroline Seibold gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with 9:25 expired when her shot from along the right wall went through traffic and eluded Han.
- Middlebury finally solved Grant with 38 seconds left in the period when Leidt flipped in a rebound as she dove to the ice in the slot.
- Middlebury's defense led the charge in the final 20 minutes, allowing only one shot on goal. During that time, the offense picked up a pair of goals with one coming early and the other in the latter stages of the frame. Morgan Griffin gave the Panthers their first lead with 2:19 expired, sweeping a low shot inside the left post on the rush. Leidt made it a 3-1 cushion when she jammed in a rebound on a shot from Anna Zumwinkle with 5:32 on the clock for an insurance goal.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Grant was busy, getting 39 saves on 42 Middlebury attempts, while Han stopped 10-11 of the shots she faced.
- Middlebury came up empty on five power plays, killing off the lone Cardinal advantage
- The Cardinals return to action on Tuesday when they head to No. 10 Endicott for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.