MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior forward Andrea Rockey registered a two-point night for the Hamilton College women's ice hockey team on Friday evening during a 4-0 NESCAC win over Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., as the Cardinals will try to carry the momentum they generated during the third period into tomorrow afternoon's series finale against the Continentals at 3 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Continentals (10-3-1, 7-0-0 NESCAC) remained undefeated atop the conference standings, as freshman forward Missy Segall recorded a steal in the offensive zone early in the first period, and netted her team-leading eighth goal of the year into the back of the net at the 4:36 mark. The goal came 55 seconds after Cardinals sophomore goalie Allegra Grant robbed sophomore forward Michaela Giuttari from point-blank range in the slot.
- Hamilton did not surrender the lead from that point forward, and the visitors extended their advantage to 2-0 with two minutes, 37 seconds elapsed in the second on a goal by junior defensewoman Taegan Blackwell, assisted by Rockey.
- Sophomore forward Allie Damren, who has been playing a good style of hockey for Wesleyan this season, tried to bring the Cardinals (4-7-4, 0-3-4 NESCAC) within one at the 5:37 mark of the second, ripping a shot on net from the right circle during a 2-on-1, but Continentals senior goalie Sam Walther (9-3-0) deflected the attempt.
- With 11:35 remaining in the second, Giuttari, who leads Hamilton with 14 points, turned some heads with an outstanding individual play. The Warwick, R.I. native cruised through the middle of the offensive zone toward her left, eluding a couple defenders and buried a goal into the top-right corner of the net.
- Facing a three-goal deficit at the start of the third, an early goal for Wesleyan could turn the tide, and that hope almost became a reality. Sophomore forward Alexis Banquer, who leads Wesleyan with four goals and eight points, sent a perfect lead pass from the right boards in the defensive zone to senior forward Cici Frattasio in the neutral zone. Frattasio went in one-on-one with Walther, and the netminder aggressively made a save 23 seconds into the frame to keep the visitors' three-goal lead intact.
- At the 6:29 mark of the third, Cardinals junior defensewoman Kendall Carr went to the box for a two-minute penalty for checking, and Wesleyan, which is 56-for-61 on the kill this year, recorded an outstanding kill. Grant (2-5-4) made three saves during the span in net, and freshman forward Sydnee Goyer made a great read on the right attacking side, and cleared the puck the length of the ice.
- Hamilton ended the scoring at the 13:05 mark of the third, as Rockey found the back of the net, assisted by Walther and Blackwell.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Walther, who leads the NESCAC in save percentage (.969) and goals-against average (0.76), earned the win in net with 25 saves. Grant recorded a game-high 31 stops in the loss for the Cardinals.
- Hamilton held a 35-25 lead in the shots category, including a 24-14 through 40 minutes. During the final 20 minutes, each team tallied 11 shots.
- Sophomore forward Colleen Castro went 6-for-11 in the faceoff circle for the hosts, and Goyer chipped in with a 5-for-8 performance. For the visitors, Segall won 9-of-13 draws and junior forward Jenna Jewell went 11-of-18 at the dot.
- The Continentals now lead the all-time series against the Cardinals with a 25-15-2 mark, as Wesleyan won the series during the 2016-17 season with a 1-0-1 record.
- The Cardinals will face off against the Continentals at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink.