Women's hockey takes Panthers to final minute in playoff loss

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The eighth-seeded Colby College women’s hockey team took top-seeded Middlebury College right down to the final minute of play before falling 4-3 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday.

The Mules end their season at 6-16-3 overall, while the Panthers are 18-4-3 and will host the NESCAC Final Four next weekend.
Colby had a valiant effort in giving the seventh-ranked Panthers a third straight tough game this season. The Mules lost 2-1 and 1-0 at home to Middlebury a few weeks ago.
The Panthers had a 38-20 advantage in shots and led 4-1 just 16 seconds into the third period. The dangerous line of Maddie Winslow, Jessica Young, and Elizabeth Wulf combined on the quick third period score. Winslow had an upper corner shot after charging down the left side.
The Mules would not give up and cut the margin to 4-2 when Delaney Flynn scored her sixth of the season from Bella Papapetros just four minutes later. Papapetros had a diving centering pass to Flynn for the goal.
Colby pulled goaltender Angelica Crites with 1:45 left and were awarded a power play with 51.9 seconds remaining on a hooking call. With the six-on-four advantage, Colby scored just 10 seconds later when Megan Fortier’s shot from below the left circle went in off an assist from Sasha Fritts. Fortier finished her Colby career with 30 goals and 26 assists for 56 career points.
Crites had 26 of her 33 saves in the opening two periods, while Julia Neuburger stopped 17 shots for the Panthers. Crites ended the season with 590 saves.
Middlebury led 1-0 after the first period when Winslow scored her first of the game at 8:34. Young won a puck on the right boards and pushed a pass to Wulf in the circle. Wulf quickly centered the puck to Winslow for the one-timer.
The Panther made it 2-0 at 3:48 of the second period on a goal by Grace Jennings. The Mules had a 4-1 shot advantage before the goal. Jennings had a wrist shot from the left point that went through traffic in front.
Colby cut the margin to 2-1 when Flynn pushed a pass to Brooke Gary at the right point. Gary’s shot hit a body in front and deflected to Papapetros for the goal at the left post with 2:27 to play in the second period.
Unfortunately for Colby, the Panthers went up 3-1 after two when Rachael St. Clair scored less than a minute later at 18:17. She used her speed to get around a defender.
Middlebury 4, Colby 3

Scoring by Period – CLB 0-1-2=3; MID 1-2-1=4

1st Period
Scoring – 1, MID Maddie Winslow/14 (Elizabeth Wulf/11, Jessica Young/13) 8:34
Penalties – None

2nd Period
Scoring – 2, MID Grace Jennings/3 (Victoria Laven/7, Maddie Winslow/19) 3:48
3, CLB Bella Papapetros/9 (Brooke Gary/5, Delaney Flynn/10) 17:33
4, MID Rachael St. Clair/3 (Katherine Jackson/4, Julia Wardwell/7) 18:17
Penalties – Sasha Fritts, CLB (Slashing) 6:20

3rd Period
Scoring – 5, MID Maddie Winslow/15 (Jessica Young/14, Elizabeth Wulf/12) 0:16 (GW)
6, CLB Delaney Flynn/6 (Bella Papapetros/9) 4:16
7, CLB Megan Fortier/4 (Sasha Fritts/8) 19:19 (PP) (EA)
Penalties – Victoria Laven, MID (Hooking) 8:11; Victoria Laven, MID (Hooking) 19:09

Colby Goaltending – Angelica Crites (58:28, 38 shots, 34 saves, 4 GA); Empty Net (1:32, 0 GA)

Middlebury Goaltending – Julia Neuburger (60:00, 20 shots, 17 saves, 3 GA)

Win – Julia Neuburger, MID (10-3-2). Loss – Angelica Crites, CLB (5-15-2).

Shots On Goal – CLB 2-10-8=20; MID 14-15-9=38

Power Plays – CLB 1 of 2; MID 0 of 1

Penalties – CLB 1 (2 min); MID 2 (4 min)

New Records – Middlebury 18-4-3, Colby 6-16-3

Referees: Patrick O’Toole, Richard Zanetti  Linesmen: Tyler Olson, Scott Recor

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