Women’s hockey edged by No. 1 Middlebury, Spanier ’25 nets first

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Middlebury College’s Katie Hargrave scored both goals in the Panthers’ 2-1 NESCAC win over the Hamilton College Continentals in the opener of a weekend series at Middlebury’s Chip Kenyon ’85 Arena on Friday night.

 

The teams will conclude their series at Middlebury on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. The nationally ranked No. 1 Panthers held a commanding 47-14 shot advantage.

 

Christina Spanier ’25 scored the Continentals’ lone goal, the first of her collegiate career. Sidney Molnar ’22 made a career-high 45 saves. Hamilton (8-5-0, 5-4 NESCAC) is in a three-way tie for third place with 15 points in the conference standings.

 

Middlebury (14-0-0, 9-0) sits on top of the NESCAC standings as the only undefeated team in both the conference and Division III. Hargrave is fourth in the conference with 16 points. Madie Leidt and Jenna Letterie collected two assists apiece, and Caroline Silk stopped 13 shots.

 

The Continentals struck on their first shot 10:48 into the first period. After a save by Molnar, Mya Berretta ’22 skated past Middlebury’s defenders, carried the puck across the blue line and placed it in front of the goal for Spanier. Berretta has five assists and eight points in nine games. The Panthers had a chance to respond but Molnar turned away a hard shot from the right side.

 

The Panthers scored both of their goals in the second period. Leidt found Hargrave on a transition to tie the score 4:08 into the period. Middlebury extended its lead with 1:56 left on a delayed penalty. Hargrave attempted a shot from the slot but it was blocked by Katherine Solohub ’23. Hargrave followed her shot and converted the rebound.

 

The Continentals were awarded a power play at 10:55 of the third period but mustered only one shot during that time. Hamilton pulled Molnar for an extra skater with 28 seconds remaining and took one shot that was blocked. The Panthers were 0-for-3 on the power play while the Continentals were 0-for-2.

 

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