MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's hockey team (5-11-1) scored three-straight goals, but its comeback attempt fell short as the University of New England (14-6-1) notched the game-winner with 3:08 remaining to edge the Cardinals 4-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Nor'easters wasted little time getting on the board, scoring just 13 seconds into the contest when Carly Perreault blasted a shot from the high slot to make it 1-0.
- The Cardinals looked for the equalizer at the 9:50 mark after an initial shot by Jackie Kilar was denied by University of New England's goaltender Annie Rademacher. Colleen Castro collected the rebound, but Nor'easter Ally Frechette came up big and blocked Castro's shot from the doorstep.
- Out of the intermission, the University of New England increased its lead to 2-0 during a power play. Jessica Tolzman collected the rebound after an initial shot by Meghan Hamilton was denied, before sneaking the puck past netminder Sam Smith at the 8:57 mark.
- With 12:46 expired in the second, Nor'easter Kyra Yu tucked the puck inside the near post during a power play, extending the visitor advantage to 3-0.
- Wesleyan responded at the 18:59 mark when Cali Stevens found the back of the net through the five-hole, making it 3-1.
- The Cardinals cut the deficit to one (3-2) with 1:34 elapsed in the third period when Kendall Carr blasted a shot from the right faceoff circle during a power play.
- With 16:03 expired, Wesleyan's Miranda Nestor chipped the puck over goaltender Rademacher's shoulder, knotting the game 3-3.
- The University of New England answered just 49 seconds later when Shannon Nadeau intercepted a pass in transition, before finding the back of the net for the 4-3 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith suffered the loss in net for Wesleyan, making 14 saves during the contest, while Rademacher made 33 stops for the visitors.
- The Cardinals held a 36-19 advantage in shots.
- Wesleyan will host No. 6 Middlebury on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.