Middlebury scored three goals in the final 3:24 of the game to pick up a 5-3 win over Elmira on day one of the ninth annual Panther/Cardinal Classic in Kenyon Arena. Middlebury and Elmira have met in two NCAA Championship games, with the Panthers winning in '04 and the Soaring Eagles taking home the title a year ago.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 11:41 into the game with a power play goal. Hannah Bielawki skated from the top of the circle to the high slot before wristing a shot past Lisa Marshall for her second of the season.
Elmira answered late in the period with a power play goal of their own. Ashley Ryan skated in on the right circle and sent a pass to Ashton Hogan who redirected the puck into the back of the net for her fifth of the year.
Elmira went ahead 13:26 into the period with a four-on-four goal. Tanis Lamoreaux skated in on the right side before scoring with a shot under the arm of Jones for her fifth of the season. The Panthers threatened late in the period, but entered the third with a 2-1 deficit despite outshooting their opponents 14-6 in the second period.
Middlebury tied the game at 2-2 4:50 into the second period. Victoria Laven centered the puck to Katie Sullivan for a quick one-timer in the slot for her team-leading fifth of the season.
Elmira came right back at the 9:13 mark, tying the game at 3-3 with a power play goal. Lamoureaux had the puck on the left side before sending a cross to Hogan for quick touch just outside the crease.
The Panthers took advantage of a -too many players on the ice- penalty with 3:24 remaining, knotting the game at 3-3. Carly Watson earned the first of her career with a slap host from the left point that beat Lisa Marshall.
Sara Ugalde scored the game-winner just 1:24 later with 2:00 left in the contest. A shot from the top by Julia Wardwell hit a defender and bounced to Ugalde on the left side. Her shot deflected in off a defender to put the Panthers up, 4-3. Bielawski netted her second of the game just over center ice on an empty net with three seconds remaining to seal the win.
Middlebury finished with a 32-20 shots advantage in the contest as both teams went 2-6 on the power play. Jones made with 17 saves for the Panthers.
In the second game of the day, Jordan Caldwell scored with just nine seconds remaining to earn the top-ranked Plattsburgh State women's hockey team a 1-1 tie against Amherst on day one of the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury College.
At the 18:36 mark of the second, Amherst's Molly Connolly forced a turnover behind the Cardinal net. Connolly quickly found Eileen Harris in the slot for the one-timer past Aveson to give Amherst a 1-0 lead. The goal was the first allowed by the Cardinals through the first nine games of the season – a span of 518:36.
Amherst went on the power play at the 16:57 mark of the third, and shortly after the Cardinals killed the penalty, they pulled Aveson for the extra attacker with 36 seconds left to play. Allison Era had some room left of the right point and sent a pass down low to Jordan Caldwell. She quickly one-timed the pass from a tough angle down-low and beat Stuart to tie the game at 1-1 with just nine seconds remaining to force the game into overtime.
Aveson made 19 saves for the Cardinals while Plattsburgh State finished with a 33-20 shots advantage in the game, including a 6-1 edge in overtime.
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