MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team struck first on Friday evening, but Colby responded with back-to-back goals during a 2-1 NESCAC win at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (3-5-2, 0-1-2 NESCAC) opened the scoring at the 3:01 mark of the second on senior captain Alex Horton's third tally of the year, as she found the puck directly in front of the crease, and then sent a line drive into the back of the net. Senior forward Maddie Nash picked up her first assist of the season on the tally, while freshman forward Sydnee Goyer chipped in with her second helper.
- The Mules (3-5-1, 1-3-1 NESCAC) tried to find the equalizer with just over eight minutes left in the second, as freshman forward Lauren Klein flew down the right wing in the attacking zone, and sent a rising shot toward net, but sophomore goalie Allegra Grant (1-3-2) came up with an outstanding save.
- With 4:59 remaining in the second, Cardinals junior forward Gina Mangiafridda snuck down the center of the attacking zone on the power play, and junior defensewoman Jackie Kilar found her with a tremendous lead pass, but Mangiafridda's bid was denied by Colby freshman goalie Cierra San Roman (2-4-1).
- Senior defensewoman Brooke Gary came up with a clutch goal for the Mules, as she buried a shot from the left circle with 10 seconds on the clock in the second, tying the game at 1-1.
- The Mules carried their momentum into the final frame, and junior defensewoman Mikayla McLaughlin netted the game-winning tally at the 6:57 mark. The Glenburn, Maine native sent a shot from the right point, which traveled through traffic in front of the net, and ended up finding the top corner of the goal, as junior Carly Thomas and freshman Anna Cosentino picked up assists on the tally.
- Grant came up with a fantastic stop on a breakaway by Mules sophomore forward Moira Mullaney midway through the third, as the netminder came out aggressively and deflected the shot wide, keeping Wesleyan within one.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan held a 27-21 edge in shots on goal, leading the category in the first, 10-7, and during the second, 13-8.
- San Roman finished with a game-high 26 stops and Grant registered 19, as Colby snapped a two-game losing streak to Wesleyan.
- Goyer was terrific in the faceoff dot for the hosts, winning 8-of-10 draws, while junior forward Carly Thomas went 9-for-15 in the circle.
- Neither team was able to cash in on the power play, with Wesleyan going 0-for-5 and Colby registering an 0-for-3 performance. The two teams combined for 10 penalties.
- The Cardinals will look to respond with a win in the series finale on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Middletown, Conn.