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Women’s Hockey Edged 1-0 By Amherst

The Cardinals celebrated Senior Day on Saturday.
The Cardinals celebrated Senior Day on Saturday.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's hockey (8-14-1, 4-10-1) was edged 1-0 by Amherst (11-10-2, 7-6-2) during its regular season home finale on Saturday.

Prior to today's game, head coach Jodi McKenna and the Cardinals honored the six members of the Class of 2019 – Kendall Carr, Gina Mangiafridda, Sarah Goss, Hedi Droste, Jackie Kilar and Grace Keogh.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Wesleyan had a great chance to open the scoring with 16:59 expired, but Allie Damren's shot from the slot was blocked by Amherst's Kenzie MacDonald.
  • The only quality opportunity for the Mammoths came at the 17:36 mark. Jamie McNamara skated toward Cardinal goaltender Allegra Grant on a breakaway, but her shot from point-blank was denied, keeping the contest scoreless heading into the intermission.
  • Out of the break, Wesleyan looked to get on the board just 2:35 into the second frame after Kendall Carr blasted a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. Sydneé Goyer tried to tip it home, but Amherst netminder Caitlin Walker just got her stick on the puck to deny the chance.
  • Mammoth MacDonald had a great chance to score with 5:43 expired when she one-timed a rebound off an initial shot by McNamara was denied, but the shot went just wide left.
  • With 18:35 expired, Amherst's Katelyn Pantera intercepted a pass in the Cardinal defensive zone, before putting the puck away on a breakaway to make it 1-0.
  • The Mammoths had an opportunity to double its lead at the 10:33 mark of the third, but McNamara's shot from point-blank was thwarted by Grant.
  • The best chance Wesleyan had for the equalizer came with 1:15 remaining after the Cardinals pulled Grant in a last chance effort to knot the game. Ally Detre made a backhanded shot in the slot that Walker had to make a sprawling save to deny and hang on for the 1-0 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Grant made 33 saves for Wesleyan, while Walker stopped all 19 shots faced to pick up the win.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals head to Amherst tomorrow for a 4:00 p.m. contest.