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Women’s Ice Hockey Downs No. 8 Amherst, 2-1, on Friday Evening

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomore forward Allie Damren scored her first goal of the season and sophomore goalie Allegra Grant denied 39-of-40 shots, as the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team upset No. 8-ranked and Little Three-foe Amherst, 2-1, on Friday evening at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink.

This matchup carried extra meaning for the Cardinals, as they were hosting their "Pink in the Rink" game, raising money and awareness for the Joan B. Kilar Fund. Joan Kilar, mother of junior defensewoman Jackie Kilar, passed away on Feb. 23, 2014, due to breast cancer. The JBK Fund is a complete team effort, as the players and coaches have been working diligently in the community, educating people who are suffering through cancer and giving them the tools to become the strongest fighters.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • With the win, the Cardinals (6-13-4, 2-9-4 NESCAC) moved up two slots in the NESCAC standings from the ninth slot to the seventh with one regular-season game remaining. The top-eight teams qualify for the NESCAC Tournament, which will begin with the quarterfinal round on Saturday, Feb. 24.
  • The Cardinals, who defeated the Mammoths (13-6-4, 8-4-3 NESCAC) for the first time since Nov. 22, 2003, jumped ahead 1-0 at the 9:12 mark of the first, as senior captain Alex Horton stole the puck in front of the net and jammed it pass the goal line for her fourth goal of the year.
  • Wesleyan earned an insurance goal at the 5:34 mark of the second, as Damren set up shop in front of the crease, and redirected a shot from the right point by junior defensewoman Kendall Carr into the back of the net.
  • Grant continues to be tremendous in net for the Cardinals, as she denied Mammoths junior forward Katelyn Pantera with a grade-A scoring chance from the left side of the crease one minute into the game. The Winnetka, Ill. native then denied a rocket from the point by junior defensewoman Miriam Eickhoff with 5:21 remaining in regulation, as she was able to locate the puck through a wall of traffic.
  • Amherst cut Wesleyan's lead to 2-1 with 2:34 remaining in the third. Freshman defensewoman Mia DelRosso flew down the left wing of the zone, and buried a shot into the net from point-blank range.
  • The Mammoths pulled senior goalie Bailey Plaman with one minute, 24 seconds left in favor of an extra attacker. The Cardinals played smart down the stretch, clearing pucks the length of the ice and displaying a strong forecheck, while Grant turned away a pair of shots in the final one minute, 12 seconds.   

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Grant (3-10-4) earned the win in net, turning away the first 35 shots she faced and double-digit totals in every period. Plaman (9-5-4) suffered the loss for the visitors with a 17-save outing.
  • Amherst outshot Wesleyan, 40-19, while each team went 22-for-44 in the faceoff circle.
  • Senior captain Alex Toupal, who leads the NESCAC in goals (16), assists (22) and points (38), posted five shots for the Mammoths, while Pantera also finished with five shots for the visitors. Horton led the charge for the hosts, firing three shots on target.
  • Freshman forward Sydnee Goyer continued her strong work in the circle, winning 10-of-16 draws for Wesleyan, and junior forward Gina Mangiafridda contributed with an 8-for-14 showing. Freshman forward Kaitlin Hoang won 8-of-11 draws, and junior forward Katie Savage went 8-of-13 at the dot for the Mammoths.
  • The Mammoths were 0-for-4 on the power play, as the Cardinals were exceptional on the kill, and Wesleyan went 0-for-1 on the advantage.
  • The Cardinals are now 22-29-4 all time against the Mammoths, as the series dates back to the 1988-89 campaign.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will wrap up their regular-season slate tomorrow with a 3 p.m. matchup against the Mammoths in Amherst, Mass.