MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's hockey team closed out 2019 with a 4-2 victory over Plymouth State (3-7) on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Cardinals improve to 4-3 overall and have won all seven meetings against the Panthers. Wesleyan has been led by a breakout performance from Audrey McMahon, as the sophomore has scored a conference-leading seven goals.
Prior to the start of today's game, senior Alicia Nickolenko was honored by the team as she is graduating early and will not compete in the second half of the season. Nickolenko concluded her final season scoring a pair of goals and assists over the first seven games.
- The Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 2:17 into the opening frame. Amanda McPherson sent a pass from the defensive zone ahead of Caitlin Connor, before Connor found the back of the goal on a breakaway.
- Wesleyan responded with 5:38 expired when Sophia Marra redirected an initial shot by Sydnée Goyer, knotting the game 1-1.
- The Cardinals took advantage of a power play at the 15:39, taking a 2-1 edge when McMahon tipped-in a shot by Maggie Curran.
- Out of the intermission, Plymouth State knotted the game 2-2 with 7:58 expired. An initial shot by Alexis Fagan was denied by Wesleyan goaltender Sam Smith, but Connor was there to one time the rebound for her second tally of the game.
- Wesleyan regained its lead at the 13:16 mark when the teams skated four-on-four. Cali Stevens sent a pass to McMahon, before McMahon beat a Panther defender and tucked the puck inside the left pipe for the 3-2 edge heading into the break.
- The Cardinals increased their advantage with 13:10 elapsed in the final frame when Allie Damren one-timed a pass from Caroline Jenkins. Goaltender Becca Bridge got a piece of the shot, but it trickled in, making it 4-2.
- Plymouth State pulled its goalie with 1:23 left on the clock in hopes of mounting a comeback. With just 20 second remaining, the Panthers skated six-on-four, but Wesleyan did not allow them to get a shot off, as they skated away with the 4-2 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith earned the win in goal making 15 saves.
- Despite the loss, Bridge played phenomenal in net, stopping 42 shots.
- Wesleyan held a commanding advantage in shots (46-15) and faceoffs (44-22).
- The Cardinals are idle until January 4th when they entertain Post at 7:00 p.m.