HARRISVILLE, R.I. – Senior forward Cici Frattasio tallied the game winner on the power play and sophomore goalie Allegra Grant turned away 29-of-30 shots for the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team during a 3-1 win against Nichols on Tuesday afternoon in Harrisville, R.I.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (4-5-3, 0-1-3 NESCAC) are establishing some winning habits – one of which is scoring the first goal of the game – as they have accomplished that feat in four consecutive games.
- Junior forward Katherine Flaherty won a puck battle along the boards in the offensive zone and shoveled a pass back to junior defensewoman Jackie Kilar at the right point midway through the opening period. Kilar then sent a shot on goal, which Nichols junior goalie Cassandra Goyette turned aside, but junior defensewoman Kendall Carr was able to get a stick on the rebound and give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead at the 10:18 mark.
- The Cardinals kept coming in the second and took advantage of a power-play situation, sophomore defensewoman Caroline Seibold tested the netminder from the right point, and then Frattasio went hard to the net and was able to steer the rebound into the goal for her first tally of the season with 14:50 on the clock. Sophomore forward Alexis Banquer also chipped in with an assist on the play, as the Fairfield, Conn. native leads the group with eight points on the year with four goals and four assists.
- The Bison (7-6-0, 2-4-0 CHC) trimmed the deficit to one at 2-1 on a goal by freshman forward Mel McAleer at the 11:28 mark of the second, with assists going to junior forwards Kelly Ferreira and Marg Reid.
- Freshman forward Sarah Takahashi re-established Wesleyan's two-goal lead quickly, finding the back of the net with 4:47 remaining in the middle frame. Flaherty provided the assist on the goal for her first multi-point game of the season. Takahashi has developed as a great player for the Cardinals, as her speed and agility through the neutral zone have caused problems for opposing teams.
- One huge positive for the Cardinals all season long has been their effort on the penalty kill, as the group has killed off 43-of-47 power plays (91.5 percent). That trend continued on Tuesday with the Cardinals slamming the door shut on all three of Nichols' power plays.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals held a 35-30 advantage in shots on goal, leading the category, 28-19, during the opening 40 minutes.
- The Bison increased the pressure in the final frame, outshooting the Cardinals, 11-7, but Grant stood tall, denying all 11 shots. Grant (2-3-3), who maintains superb numbers with a .954 save percentage and a 1.58 goals-against average, finished with 29 saves for Wesleyan, and Goyette tallied a game-high 32 stops for Nichols.
- Senior captain Alex Horton went 4-for-4 in the faceoff circle for Wesleyan, and Banquer won 11-of-22 draws and Carr went 7-of-14. Sophomore forward Ashley Ljunggren led the way in the circle for the Bison, controlling 8-of-14 faceoffs.
- Nichols was sent to the penalty box four times, and Wesleyan suffered three infractions, as the Cardinals went 1-for-4 on the advantage.
- Wesleyan improved to 8-1-1 all time against Nichols, and the Cardinals are riding a four-game winning streak in the series dating back to Feb. 4, 2015.
- The Cardinals will test themselves with a two-game series against No. 8-ranked Connecticut College on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.) in New London, Conn.