BOSTON, Mass. – The Wesleyan women's hockey team cruised to a 5-1 victory at Suffolk on Saturday evening. The meeting was the first between the Cardinals and the Rams, as the two teams will play again tomorrow. With the victory, Wesleyan improves to 2-2-0, while Suffolk falls to 2-6-2.
- The opening period saw back and forth action, with neither team able to put the puck away.
- Suffolk got things going at the 10:37 mark of the second frame. Shana Cote dropped the puck back to Maddy Burton, before Burton flipped it over Cardinal netminder Sam Smith's left shoulder for the 1-0 advantage.
- Wesleyan responded with 13:39 expired when Sophia Marra scored her second tally of the year in as many games.
- The Cardinals took the lead and never looked back with 16:03 showing on the clock during a power play. Bridget Cornell sent a pass to Allie Damren from behind the goal, before Damren found nylon for the 2-1 edge.
- Wesleyan increased the advantage to 3-1 with 1:03 remaining in the middle frame when Audrey McMahon redirected an initial shot by Damren during a power play.
- The Cardinals added two tallies in the third period during four-on-four action. Alicia Nickolenko scored at the 11:04 mark, before Bridget Cornell found the back of the goal just 35 seconds later for her first career tally, making it a 5-1 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith earned her second-straight win in goal, recording 20 stops in 59:46 of play.
- Suffolk's Kristen Caporusso made 17 saves over 51:39, while Julia McLellan stopped seven shots in the final 8:21.
- Wesleyan held a 29-21 advantage in shots and were 2-for-4 on power plays.
- Both Damren and Cornell scored once and tallied an assist during the win.
- The Cardinals and the Rams will square off again on Sunday at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink of the Campus of Wesleyan University at 4:30 p.m.