BRUNSWICK, Maine – Sophomore goalie Allegra Grant stopped 24-of-25 shots for the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team on Saturday afternoon, but the Cardinals fell, 1-0, to Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Polar Bears (9-6-1, 3-6-1 NESCAC) opened the scoring at the 3:40 mark of the first, as junior defensewoman Maegan Sheehan found the bottom right corner of the net for the first time this season off a slap shot from the left circle. Senior forward Julie Dachille provided an assist from deep in the zone, while junior forward Marissa Fichter set a great screen right in front of Cardinals sophomore goalie Allegra Grant.
- Sophomore forward Allie Damren nearly evened the score for Wesleyan (5-9-4, 1-5-4 NESCAC) during a 5-on-3 advantage at the 9:55 mark of the first, but the shot deflected off the chest of Bowdoin junior goalie Kerri St. Denis.
- Bowdoin sent two shots off the pipe, with senior forward Maureen Greason connecting with the post at the 5:14 mark of the first, and then with 5:46 remaining in the second, junior forward Brooke Solomon sent a shot, which nicked the pipe.
- Cardinals freshman forward Sophia Marra came up with a strong scoring chance at the 8:24 mark of the third period from point-blank range, but her drive was turned aside by St. Denis.
- Wesleyan had another strong chance in the final moments on the power play, as freshman forward Sydnee Goyer tried to sneak a shot into the goal on the doorstep, but St. Denis denied the attempt. Senior forward Cici Frattasio orchestrated the play, as she received a pass from Goyer, and then immediately passed the puck back onto the stick of Goyer in front of the net.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Grant (2-6-4) recorded a game-high 24 stops in net for Wesleyan, while St. Denis (3-4-1) earned the win with a 19-save outing.
- Wesleyan held a 9-8 shot advantage in the opening 20 minutes, and then the Polar Bears led the category, 17-10, during the final two periods, en route to a 25-19 edge in shots for the entire game.
- Goyer was exceptional in the faceoff circle, winning 8-of-10 draws for the visitors, while sophomore forward Colleen Castro won 6-of-12 faceoffs. Sophomore forward Jess Cloutier went 12-of-17 in the circle for the hosts, and Solomon won 9-of-18 draws.
- The two teams combined for five penalties, as Wesleyan went 0-for-3 on the advantage and Bowdoin was 0-for-2. The Cardinals have killed off 62-of-67 penalties this season, which equates to 92.5 percent – the second-best mark in the entire NESCAC.
- The Cardinals will take on NESCAC-rival Middlebury at 7 p.m. on Friday in Middlebury, Vt., and then the two teams will play again on Saturday with puck drop set for 3 p.m.