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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 8, 2008
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --- Liz Osgood scored 13:16 into overtime and Lacey Brown made 46 saves as the Colby College women's hockey team earned one of its biggest wins in program history with a 3-2 overtime win over top-seeded Middlebury College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinal game Saturday.
The fourth-seeded Mules (15-8-3) will meet either Amherst or Trinity in the NESCAC title game Sunday at 1 p.m. at Middlebury.
Becky Julian's shot was saved, but Osgood pounced on the rebound and knocked in the game-winning goal on the power play to send Colby to the league finals for the first time ever. Colby had a two-player advantage at the time after the Panthers picked up penalties at 12:08 and 12:36.
Brown was the key to the game for Colby. She stopped 30 shots in the opening two periods and had a 12-1 save advantage over Middlebury goalie Lexi Bloom in the third period. Bloom made 14 saves for the Panthers.
Laura Anning set a NESCAC record with the fastest opening goal when she tallied just 15 seconds into the first period. Amanda Comeau's shot was saved and Anning was there to poke in the rebound for the quick lead.
Dana Yerigan made it 2-0 just 1:14 later when her shot was deflected in off a Middlebury player.
Middlebury (19-3-3) scored on the power play at 17:23 of the first period when Annmarie Cellino tallied. The Panthers then tied the game in the second period on a goal by Randi DuMont.
Colby 3, Middlebury 2, OT
Colby: Laura Anning (Amanda Comeau), :15
Colby: Dana Yerigan, 1:29
Middlebury: Annmarie Cellino (Anna McNally), 17:23
Middlebury: Randi DuMont (Tania Kenny), 4:37
Colby: Liz Osgood (Becky Julian), 13:16
Shots: Colby 17, Middlebury 48. Goalies: Lacey Brown (Colby, 73:16, 2 GA, 46 saves); Lexi Bloom (Middlebury, 73:16, 3 GA, 14 saves).