MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Wesleyan came back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 tie with second-ranked Middlebury on Friday night in Connecticut. The Cardinals (3-5-3, 1-2-2), who have never beaten Middlebury (8-1-1, 4-0-1) in 51 all-time meetings, came away with just the fourth tie in the series that favors Middlebury, 47-0-4, and the first in seven years as the squads ended in a 1-1 tie Jan. 12, 2007.
Wesleyan evened the game when Jordan Schildhaus scored her fourth goal of the season by redirecting a slow point shot by Laura Wasnick just :34 in the third period. The teams played the final 24:26 without further scoring, including the overtime. Wesleyan had to kill off a short-handed situation just 40 seconds into the extra frame with the teams skating four-on-four. Corinne Rivard made five of her 32 saves during overtime to keep the game tied.
Middlebury scored the game's first two goals as both Sara Ugalde and Emily Fluke netted their fourth goals of the season. Ugalde opened the game's scoring at 10:02 of the first period when she whistled in a wrister from left circle after a pass from Carly Watson on the power play. Fluke's goal at 3:59 of the second frame also came on the power play, as she finished a rebound after shot by Jennifer Krakower had been saved by Rivard. Watson earned her second assist of the night on the play.
Wesleyan got on the board at 16:57 of the second when Jessica Brennan dug out a puck from the right corner and found the stick of Laura Meade for a high poke-in just inside the right post.
Annabelle Jones ended the game with 22 saves for the Panthers as they out shot their opponent 34-24 on the night.