MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomore goalie Allegra Grant of the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team recorded a career-high 53 saves and the Cardinals went 7-for-7 on the penalty kill during a 2-2 draw against NESCAC-foe Williams on Saturday afternoon at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Grant (1-2-2) turned away all 17 shots she faced in the opening period for the Cardinals (2-3-2, 0-0-2 NESCAC), including a highlight-reel stop on junior Eliza Quigley from point-blank range off a feed from the right attacking side by freshman Michaela O'Connor.
- Junior defensewoman Kendall Carr came up with a huge block on a drive by freshman Brynn Puppe on a 5-on-3 advantage for Williams (2-2-2, 0-2-2 NESCAC) with one minute left in the first. Sophomore defensewoman Caroline Seibold, who has two goals and one assist on the season, was phenomenal throughout the first period, tallying three blocks in the defensive zone.
- Wesleyan struck first at the 8:38 mark of the second on freshman forward Sarah Takahashi's first collegiate goal, as she attacked the net from the left side, and snuck the puck into the bottom right corner. Freshman forward Sydnee Goyer picked up her first point in college with an assist on the tally.
- With 5:25 left in the second, junior assistant captain Sarah Goss fired a shot on net from the left point on the power play, which was saved by Ephs senior goalie Christina Cleroux (2-1-2), but the puck sat on the left doorstep, and sophomore forward Alexis Banquer flicked it into the goal with 5:19 left, giving the hosts a two-goal cushion. Junior forward Gina Mangiafridda also picked up an assist on the tally, which is her fifth point of the year.
- The Ephs turned the tables in the third, controlling the tempo of the game with nonstop pressure, as they compiled a 19-3 shot advantage in the frame. Junior Annie Rush put the visitors on the board at the 4:16 mark with a short-handed goal from straight on off a feed in open ice by junior Abby Brustad.
- Williams' offensive kept flying into the offensive zone and with 3:11 left in regulation, freshman Meghan Halloran slammed in her first collegiate goal, which knotted the game at 2-2, as Brustad picked up her second assist of the afternoon and third on the season.
- Grant refused to allow the Cardinals to suffer an overtime setback, as the standout athlete posted five saves in the final one minute, 33 seconds, as Williams was knocking on the door during its 4-on-3 power play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Williams held a firm 55-19 advantage in shots on goal, and went 42-for-67 in the faceoff circle. Senior captain Kearan Burke went 14-for-19 on faceoffs for the Ephs, and Brustad won 19 of her 29 draws. Banquer went 10-of-16 in faceoff scenarios for the Cardinals.
- Grant has turned away 30 or more shots for Wesleyan in four games this year, including 40 or more twice. Cleroux finished with 17 saves for Williams.
- The Cardinals were ticketed for seven minor penalties, and Williams' players were sent to the box five times, as the Cardinals went 1-for-5 on the advantage. Wesleyan's success on special teams this weekend was a huge reason that it earned a pair of ties, as the group killed off all 11 of Williams' power plays, and went 3-for-7 on the advantage.
- Puppe finished with a game-high nine shots for Williams, while Seibold, freshman forward Sophia Marra, junior defensewoman Jackie Kilar and Banquer each registered three shots for Wesleyan.
- The Cardinals will compete in non-conference action on Friday (7 p.m.) against Endicott at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink.