MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's hockey team (5-10-1, 2-7-1) earned a 4-0 shutout against Bowdoin (3-14-1, 2-8-0) on Saturday afternoon during its "Pink in the Rink" game. The game was dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness in honor of senior Jackie Kilar's late mother Joan B. Kilar. Joan was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and tragically lost her battle in 2014. Her courageous response, strength to meet new challenges and desire to go on with life, left a lasting impression on the entire Kilar family and the Wesleyan women's hockey team.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan had a great chance to score 2:23 into the game. Sarah Goss sent a pass to Grace Keogh from the right faceoff circle, but Keogh's redirect went just wide.
- Bowdoin looked to get on the board just 58 seconds later, but Miranda Bell's shot from point-blank range was denied by Cardinal goaltender Allegra Grant.
- Wesleyan opened the scoring at the 10:54 mark. Maggie Curran blasted a shot from the right faceoff circle that tucked inside the left post to make it 1-0.
- The Cardinals looked to extend their lead with 4:58 expired in the second, but Keogh's shot went just wide right.
- The Polar Bears had a great opportunity to knot the game at the 10:08 mark during a power play, but Julia Surgenor's chance from the slot was thwarted by Grant.
- Bowdoin's best chance to find the equalizer came with 6:20 expired in the third period, but Tala Glass' shot was denied by a glove save from Grant.
- Wesleyan increased its lead on a short-handed goal just 39 seconds later after Gina Mangiafriddo intercepted a pass in transition. Mangiafridda chipped the puck up to Cali Stevens along the right boards, before Stevens found the back of the net to make it 2-0.
- The Cardinals struck again at the 8:20 mark when Sydnée Goyer redirected an initial shot by Kilar making it 3-0.
- Wesleyan scored its fourth and final goal with 12:48 expired when Ally Detre tipped-in a pass from Goyer.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Grant earned her third shutout of the year, making 29 stops during the win.
- Kerri St. Denis had 13 saves during 46:59, while Dani Marquez was forced to make no saves during the final 13:01.
- Wesleyan will entertain the University of New England at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.