MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomore forward Alexis Banquer tallied her team-leading fourth goal of the 2017-18 season for the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team, as the Cardinals skated to a 1-1 draw against NESCAC-rival Colby on Saturday afternoon at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- With the Cardinals (3-5-3, 0-1-3 NESCAC) on the power play early in the first period, Banquer showed her skill set, as she glided toward the right in the offensive zone, alluding a defender, and sending a shot on the move pass freshman goalie Cierra San Roman (2-4-2).
- The Mules (3-5-2, 1-3-2 NESCAC) refused to allow the lead to stay intact, as freshman forward Anna Cosentino scored her second goal of the year with Colby on the advantage at the 18:17 mark in the opening period. Sophomore forward Tess Dupre and freshman defensewoman Tay Munson each chipped in with their third assists of the season.
- Colby threatened to take the lead on the power play with just under six minutes left in the second, but Wesleyan sophomore goalie Allegra Grant (1-3-3) robbed Cosentino from point-blank range at the 14:15 mark.
- Wesleyan tried to generate the go-ahead tally early in the third on a 2-on-1 breakaway, as freshman forward Sarah Takahashi flew down the right side of the ice, and flicked a wrist shot on target, but San Roman was up to the challenge with 13:55 on the clock.
- Grant was outstanding down the stretch for the Cardinals, making 19 stops in the third and eight in overtime, and she came up with a huge stop on a breakaway attempt by Dupre with 5:45 left in regulation.
- Sophomore forwards Colleen Castro and Allie Damren were strong throughout the game for Wesleyan, as Castro was physical in all three zones and established a strong forecheck, while Damren fired a pair of shots on net.
- Junior forward Gina Mangiafridda finished with a team-high four shots, and continues to evolve as a playmaker in the offensive zone, using her creative passes, footwork and vision to make plays for herself and her teammates. The Pelham, N.Y. native nearly activated the goal light at the 5:54 mark of the second on the advantage, as she curled through the Mules' defense, but her attempt was corralled by San Roman.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Colby held a 47-29 advantage in shots, including a 27-5 lead during the final 25 minutes of action. Wesleyan led the opening 40 minutes with a 24-20 edge in the category.
- Grant finished with a game-high 46 saves, and now has recorded 40 or more stops three times during the 2017-18 campaign. San Roman ended the game with 28 stops, including 14 in the opening period for the visitors.
- Banquer went 9-for-11 in the faceoff circle for the hosts, and freshman forward Sydnee Goyer won 8-of-15 draws, as Wesleyan went 26-of-47 in faceoffs.
- There was a total of six penalties in the contest, with Colby going 1-for-2 on the advantage and Wesleyan posting a 1-for-4 showing on the power play.
- The Cardinals will compete in non-conference action on Tuesday (12:40 p.m.) at Nichols in Harrisville, R.I.