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Wesleyan Drops Home Game to Saint Anselm

Rookie Bridget Cornell scored her second goal of the season (Steve McLaughlin Photography).
Rookie Bridget Cornell scored her second goal of the season (Steve McLaughlin Photography).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's hockey team (3-3) dropped a non-conference bout 5-2 to Saint Anselm on Friday evening. The loss snapped the Cardinals three-game win streak, while the Hawks (10-3) tallied their seventh-straight victory.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Saint Anselm got on the board quickly when Kelly Golini scored bar down at the 3:56 mark.
  • The Cardinals had a great chance to tally the equalizer when they skated five-on-three for just shy of two minutes beginning at the 16:30 mark, but a strong Hawks defense denied all of Wesleyan's chances. The best opportunity during the stretch came at the 18:15 mark when Alicia Nickolenko wrapped around the goal and attempted to sneak the puck inside the right pipe, but goaltender Caroline Kukas thwarted the chance.
  • Wesleyan looked to knot the game with 1:57 expired in the second frame when Brooke Keough sent a pass from the right faceoff circle into the slot, but Sophia Marra's one-time bid was denied.
  • The Hawks extended the lead at the 8:37 mark when Amanda Nylander scored on a power play to make it 2-0.
  • Saint Anselm increased its advantage to 3-0 with 17:54 expired. Mary Lambert battled a Wesleyan defender, before her shot sent Cardinal netminder sprawling, but Jayden Young was there to one time the rebound for the shorthanded tally.
  • Wesleyan responded just 38 seconds later, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Allie Damren sent a pass from behind the net to Audrey McMahon on the right post, before McMahon scored her team-leading sixth of the season glove-side.
  • Out of the intermission, Saint Anselm's Katy Meehan one-timed a shot from the doorstep, making it 4-1 during a power play with 7:55 expired in the final frame.
  • The Hawks made it 5-1 at the 16:32 mark when Golini lifted the puck over Grant's shoulder glove-side for her second tally of the game.
  • Wesleyan responded with two minutes remaining when Bridget Cornell fired a shot from just inside the blue line, tucking the puck inside the left pipe to make it 5-2.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Grant made 24 saves in goal for Wesleyan, eclipsing the 2,000th career-save mark (2,020).
  • Kukas stopped 23 shots to earn the win for Saint Anselm.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals wrap up the 2019 campaign on Saturday when they host Plymouth State at 3:00 p.m.