NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team faced a difficult task on Saturday afternoon, facing off against No. 8-ranked Connecticut College on the road, but sophomore goalie Allegra Grant continued her sensational season with a 47-save performance during a 1-1 draw in New London, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan (4-6-4, 0-2-4 NESCAC) puts its first shot of the game into the back of the net, as junior forward Gina Mangiafridda notched her third goal of the season at the 1:34 mark of the first on assists by senior forward Cici Frattasio and junior defensewoman Kendall Carr.
- Grant turned away 34 consecutive shots to open the game and allowed the Cardinals to maintain their one-goal lead into the third period.
- The Camels (9-3-2, 6-1-1 NESCAC) eventually cashed in with 8:21 left in regulation on the power play, as junior forward Jordan Cross netted her second goal of the season. Junior forward Elena Gualtieri and senior forward Lily Connolly each picked up an assist on the game-tying goal.
- In the overtime session, Connecticut College held a 5-1 lead in shots on goal, but Grant turned away all of them, including a pair of attempts by Gualtieri. Freshman forward Sarah Takahashi generated a chance for the Cardinals, but her shot was denied by Camels junior goalie Bailey Mertz.
- The Cardinals and Camels have played some exciting contests lately, including a pair of one-goal games during the 2016-17 season. Wesleyan defeated then-No. 9 ranked Connecticut College, 2-1, on Jan. 15, and the Camels posted a 1-0 triumph on Jan. 14 in Middletown, Conn.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Grant (2-4-4) turned away a game-high 47 stops, and has now posted 46 or more saves three times this year, including a career-high 53 stops during a 2-2 draw against Little Three-rival Williams on Dec. 2.
- Mertz improved to 8-3-1 during the 2017-18 season, stopping 10-of-11 shots for the Camels, as Connecticut College held a 48-11 lead in shots on goal.
- The Camels went 1-for-8 on the power play, and Wesleyan posted an 0-for-3 showing, as there was a total of 11 penalties in the game.
- Freshman forward Sydnee Goyer won 10-of-22 draws for Wesleyan, and sophomore forward Colleen Castro registered a 6-for-13 showing in the circle. Sophomore forward Kylie Wilkes won 18-of-31 faceoffs for the hosts, and Connolly recorded a 12-for-22 effort in the circle.
- The Cardinals will return to the comfortable confines of the Spurrier-Snyder Rink for a 7 p.m. matchup against Hamilton on Friday in Middletown, Conn.