MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – It was the perfect home opener for the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team on Saturday evening.
The Cardinals received a pair of early goals from junior forward Gina Mangiafridda, and junior assistant captain Sarah Goss tallied a goal and an assist, as the squad downed Post University, 5-2, at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan (1-1-0) also received strong performances from sophomore forward Alexis Banquer (one goal, one assist) and junior defensewoman Jackie Kilar (two assists).
- The Cardinals were in control of the game from the start, as they dominated the territorial advantage in terms of offensive-zone time, and held a commanding 51-15 advantage in shots on goal.
- Mangiafridda put Wesleyan up 2-0 in the opening period, scoring at the 5:28 mark, assisted by senior captain Alex Horton, and then she found the back of the net again with 2:32 left, with assists credited to Kilar and senior forward Cici Frattasio.
- The Eagles (1-7-1) snuck one in before the first-period buzzer, as freshman forward Ann Margaret Disciscio sent her third goal of the season into the net. Sophomore forward Kendall Fitzgerald picked up her fourth assist on the tally, while sophomore forward Julia Schatz notched her second of the year.
- Goss slammed in the game winner on the power play early in the second period at the 2:31 mark, as the play was orchestrated with some nice passes from sophomore forward Alicia Nickolenko and Kilar. Sophomore defensewoman Caroline Seibold sent a blast into the back of the net with 14:36 left in the period during a 5-on-4 situation, giving Wesleyan a commanding 4-1 advantage, as Banquer found Seibold in the thick of the action.
- Banquer extended the Cardinals' advantage to four on a tally with 4:36 left in the second, and sophomore defensewoman Miranda Nestor collected her first collegiate assist on the play. Goss also picked up her second assist of the season on the goal.
- Post tried to get back within striking distance at the end of the third on a highlight-reel, breakaway goal by Disciscio, as she flew right around Cardinals sophomore goalkeeper Sam Smith. Smith swung right back and answered the bell with an outstanding save on a one-on-one situation against Disciscio with 12 seconds left in the second.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith (1-0-0) earned the win in net for Wesleyan, making 13 saves, and Eagles sophomore goalie Jenna Baumgartner was tagged with the loss, making 22 saves and giving up four goals in 25 minutes, 24 seconds of action. Post freshman goalie Danaée St-Germain was strong in relief, making 24 saves and only relinquishing one goal in 34 minutes, 36 seconds of game time.
- Wesleyan, who was competing against Post for the first time in program history, went 2-for-4 on the advantage and did not allow Post to score on the power play. The Cardinals outshot the Eagles, 21-7, in the first, 12-5, in the second and 18-3 in the third.
- The Cardinals have relied on many different contributors during their first two games, with 10 players registering at least one point.
- The Cardinals will be back at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup on Tuesday against Salve Regina in Middletown, Conn.