Women's hockey ready for playoff action Saturday

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 21, 2013
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Caroline Chessare (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's hockey team gave Middlebury College a fight in the opening game of the regular season and now hope to upset the top-seeded and host Panthers in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday at 3 p.m.

The game will be Webcast at http://nsnsports.net/middlebury

Colby (10-14 overall) has been in nearly every game this season thanks to a stingy defense led by captains Brianne Wheeler, Kathy Shei, and Ally Kane. The Mules fell 3-2 at home to Middlebury in the season opener.

Wheeler, an All-NESCAC selection in goal last year, is closing in on 2,000 career saves (1,914) in just her third year with the Mules. Wheeler has played the most minutes of any NESCAC goalie (1,389) and has the most total saves (649).

Shei has one goal and three assists, while Kane has two assists. Natalie Fischer has three goals and five assists for the Mules and fellow defender Carolyn Fuwa has one goal and six assists for seven points.

First-year forward Megan Fortier is leading her second team in scoring this year. She led the field hockey team this fall and now has seven goals and nine assists for a team-best 16 points for women's hockey. Annie Papadellis (9 goals, 4 assists), who led the women's soccer team in scoring, and Lauren Guarente (7 goals, 6 assists) both have 13 points. Samantha Slotnick has seven goals and four assists, while first-year Maddie Dewhirst is at four goals and four assists.

Middlebury (16-6-2 overall) has scored 77 goals this year, including a league-high 24 on the power play. Sophomore forwards Emily Fluke (15 goals, 10 assists) and Hannah Bielawski (8 goals, 17 assists) both have 25 points. Sophomore forward Katie Sullivan (8 goals, 10 assists) and junior defender Jennifer Krakower (3 goals, 13 assists) also are top scorers on a balanced team.

Sophomore goalie Annabelle Jones has played about 53 percent of the minutes and owns a 23-6-5 career record, including an 8-2-2 mark this season. Junior Laura Pinsent has played 37 percent of the minutes and has six victories.

2013 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship

Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 23 (at Higher Seeds)

#8 Colby at #1 Middlebury – 3:00 pm

#7 Williams at #2 Bowdoin – 4:00 pm

#6 Hamilton at #3 Amherst – 7:00 pm

#5 Connecticut College at #4 Trinity – 7:00 pm

Semifinals – Saturday, March 2 (at Highest Remaining Seed)
1:00 pm | 4:00 pm

Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed

Remaining Quarterfinal Winners

Championship – Sunday, March 3
2:00 pm

Semifinal Winners

NOTE: If both the men's and women's semifinals and finals are being played at the same site, the women's games will still be played on Saturday and Sunday. Game times for the semifinals will be 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Sunday's game will remain at 2:00 pm

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