Middlebury Hockey Mashes Hamilton

Brian Sandler has the highlights

By Andrew Donovan

CLINTON, NY -- Molly Vitt '09 and Karen Levin '08 each picked up two goals and two assists to help lead nationally ranked No. 2 Middlebury College past host Hamilton College, 7-0, in a New England Small College Athletic Conference women's ice hockey game at Russell Sage Rink on Feb. 22.

Middlebury (18-2-3, 12-0-3 NESCAC) got the only offense it needed when Vitt knocked a rebound past Hamilton (6-13-4, 4-7-4 NESCAC) starting goalie Meg Shine '10 just 1:29 into the opening period. Levin and Erika Nakamura '09 assisted. The Panthers poured it on from there. Levin made it 2-0 when her shot from the point during a power play glanced off a Hamilton defender and into the net at 5:04 of the first period. Annmarie Cellino '09, who finished the game with a goal and four assists, and Vitt assisted. Levin's second goal with just 11 seconds remaining in the period off Anna McNally '11 and Cellino assists began to put the game away. McNally finished with three assists.

Middlebury kept its foot on the pedal in the second period, scoring three more times to take a 6-0 lead into the final frame. Kristen Wilson '11 scored at 4:56 off assists from McNally and Cellino, Cellino scored at 10:55 on the power play off Vitt and McNally helpers and Vitt scored her second goal at 18:08 off Cellino and Levin assists.

Hamilton pulled Shine, who stopped 21 of 27 shots, at the start of the third period. Kat Manning '09 took over and stopped the bleeding by blocking 20 of 21 shots in the final frame. Lexi Bloom '11 made 16 saves to post the shutout for Middlebury.

Heather McCormack '10 scored the only third period goal just 67 seconds in on the power play. Randi Dumont '09 and Tania Kenny '08 were credited with the assists. Middlebury was 3-for-8 on the power play, while the Continentals were 0-for-6.

The Panthers lead the all-time series, 22-0.

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