NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team kept pace with No. 8-ranked Connecticut College in the first period on Friday evening, but the Camels fired three goals into the back of the net in the final 40 minutes during a 3-0 NESCAC win in New London, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Connecticut College (9-3-1, 6-1-0 NESCAC) opened the scoring with an even-strength goal at the 13:26 mark of the second on junior forward Elena Gualtieri's fifth goal of the season. The mark stood up as the game winner, and senior forward Lily Connolly earned her fifth assist of the 2017-18 campaign on the goal.
- Wesleyan (4-6-3, 0-2-3 NESCAC) received a strong performance from sophomore goalie Allegra Grant (2-4-3), who turned away a game-high 33 shots. She was sensational early, stopping all 10 first-period shots, and then 14-of-15 shots in the second.
- The Cardinals shut the door during all three of the Camels' power-play situations, as they have now killed off 46-of-50 power plays this season, which equates to a .920 killing percent – the second best in the entire NESCAC.
- The Camels extended their lead to 2-0 on sophomore defensewoman Ellie Branka's first collegiate goal with 13:51 on the clock in the third, with assists going to sophomore forward Kyla Floresca and Gualtieri. Gualtieri ranks ninth in the NESCAC with 11 points on the season.
- The hosts concluded the scoring with 8:30 left in regulation on an unassisted tally by sophomore forward Kylie Wilkes.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman forward Sydnee Goyer was strong in the faceoff circle for Wesleyan, controlling 10-of-18 draws, and sophomore forward Alexis Banquer went 4-for-8 at the dot. Wilkes led the Camels by winning 10-of-16 draws.
- Sophomore forward Caroline Seibold, freshman forward Sophia Marra and senior captain Alex Horton each registered two shots on goal for the Cardinals. Wilkes also led the way for the hosts in that category with seven shots on target.
- Camels junior goalie Bailey Mertz (8-3-0) earned the win with a nine-save performance.
- Prior to tonight's matchup, the two programs had engaged in back-to-back, one-goal games during the 2016-17 season. The Camels prevailed, 1-0, on Jan. 14, and then the Cardinals won, 2-1, on Jan. 15 in Middletown, Conn.
- The Cardinals will go up against Connecticut College again on Saturday at 3 p.m. in New London, Conn.