MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior captain Alex Horton recorded the first short-handed goal of the season for the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team in the second frame on Friday evening, but Endicott took control of the game with a three-goal outburst in the first period during a 5-1 win at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior forward Maggie Layo found the back of the net twice for the Gulls (10-0-1, 5-0-1 Colonial Hockey Conference), while sophomore forwards Jillian Gibbs and Jade Meier each recorded a goal and an assist.
- Endicott struck at the 4:42 mark of the first, as freshman forward Ashlie Jones rifled a shot on net, which was turned aside by Cardinals sophomore goalie Sam Smith, but Layo sent the rebound pass the goal line. Junior forward Lexi Klein, who finished with three helpers, also notched an assist on the play for Endicott. Freshman defensewoman Lauren Ferraiuolo then reeled off her third tally of the year at the 8:57 mark, with the assist given to Klein, and the goal stood up as the game winner.
- The visitors kept coming with the intensity, and Wesleyan sophomore defender Caroline Seibold came up with a gutsy block on a shot by Gibbs in the second half of the opening period, but Meier was able to gather the puck and send her fourth goal of the season into the back of the net, extending the Gulls' advantage to 3-0 with 4:30 remaining in the first.
- Horton tried to turn the tide in the late moments of the third with Wesleyan killing off a two-minute penalty, as the forward gathered the puck in the middle of the ice and raced down the right wing for a one-on-one situation with Gulls junior goalie Vendela Jonsson. Horton, who hails from Great Neck, N.Y., provided a series of fakes, and then pulled Vendela out of the net and wrapped the puck around her into the bottom right corner of the goal at the 17:14 mark, cutting the deficit to 3-1. The short-handed marker was the first of Horton's career.
- The momentum was short-lived, as Endicott regained its three-goal cushion at the 1:05 mark of the third. Meier orchestrated the play on the left wing, and sent a diagonal pass to the right post, as Gibbs tapped the feed into the back of the net. Endicott ended the scoring with 2:05 left on a power-play goal by Layo, who was on the edge of the crease and knocked in the leftover puck, which was sitting on the doorstep after a drive by junior defensewoman Ellen Carter from the point.
- Wesleyan (2-4-2, 0-0-2 NESCAC) compiled an outstanding scoring chance at the 3:02 mark of the second, as Horton was streaking down the left side of the ice on a two-on-one situation with senior assistant captain Maddie Nash. Horton sent a shot with a great deal of velocity on net, which created a lively rebound on the right attacking side for Nash, but the bouncing puck was too difficult to control. At the 4:36 mark of the second, junior defensewoman Jackie Kilar established position right in front of the goal, and senior forward Cici Frattasio found her with a pass from the left side, but Kilar's redirection trickled just wide.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith (1-2-0) finished with a game-high 22 stops for the Cardinals, and Jonsson (7-0-1) earned the win in goal for the Gulls with a 17-save outing.
- Endicott went 1-for-4 on the advantage, and Wesleyan was unsuccessful during its lone power play. The visitors held a 27-18 advantage in shots on goal for the entire game.
- In the faceoff circle, junior defensewoman Kendall Carr went 9-of-16, while sophomore forward Alicia Nickolenko and junior forward Gina Mangiafridda registered 5-for-8 and 5-for-9 performances, respectively.
- The Cardinals will have some time off from game action, as the squad will compete at the University of New England on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 4 p.m.