BOSTON – The Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team came out of the gates flying on Sunday, as sophomore forward Alexis Banquer found the back of the net at the 1:28 mark of the first, but Stevenson responded with a goal in the second and third, respectively, during a 2-1 win in the consolation game at the 11th annual Codfish Bowl Invitational in Boston, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore forward Allie Damren and junior defensewoman Hedi Droste picked up their first assists of the season for the Cardinals (2-3-0), as they worked the puck around to Banquer in the opening moments of the game, and then the Fairfield, Conn. native knocked her second goal of the year into the net.
- Banquer has opened the season in style, as she has notched two goals and two assists in five games, including a one-goal, one-assist outing during a 5-2 win over Post University on Nov. 18 at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink. Damren is looking to continue growing from her rookie season, which featured one goal and two assists in eight games.
- The Mustangs (1-6-1) evened the game at 1-1 with 15:53 remaining in the second on an even-strength tally by junior forward Allie Sabatini. Stevenson kept coming in the third, and senior captain and forward Chelsea Blackburn clinched the first win of the year for Mustangs with the game-winning goal at the 16:27 mark of the third.
- Sophomore goalie Allegra Grant (1-2-0) stood tall throughout the game, making 13 saves in the second and 11 in the third, as she finished with a game-high 30 stops. The Winnetka, Ill. native continues to be a steady force in net, stopping 91 of 96 shots this season, which is good for a .948 save percentage. She slammed the door shut in net during a 1-0 win over visiting Salve Regina on Nov. 21. Sophomore goalie Annie Smyth-Hammond (1-2-1) earned her first win of the season for Stevenson, making 22 stops.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals held an 11-6 lead in shots during the first period, but the Mustangs held shot advantages of 14-6 and 12-6 during the second and third frames, respectively.
- Neither team could capitalize on the power play, as Wesleyan went 0-for-3 and Stevenson was unsuccessful on two attempts. The Cardinals have been fabulous on the penalty kill this year, killing off 21 of 23 power plays, which is good for a .913 penalty-kill percentage.
- Damren, Banquer and junior defensewoman Jackie Kilar recorded plus-one performances on the day for Wesleyan.
- The Cardinals are thrilled to jump into their NESCAC schedule on Friday with a 7 p.m. tilt against Little Three-rival Williams in Middletown, Conn.