MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's hockey team (6-3-1, 0-2-1) and No. 10 Colby (7-1-2, 4-0-1) skated to a 2-2 tie in their first game of a two-game homestand on Friday evening. The Cardinals took a 1-0 early edge and never trailed, as they extended their unbeaten streak to four. First-year Caroline Jenkins tallied the equalizer with her first career goal.
"Colby is an opponent where we really needed everyone to play hard and smart, and I thought that we executed that well," expressed head coach Jodi McKenna. "It has been a while since we have played a NESCAC contest, and been tested like this, and I thought we responded really well. I am looking forward to seeing what we do in tomorrow's game."
- Wesleyan got on the board with 5:21 expired in the opening stanza. An initial shot by Bridget Cornell from the left faceoff circle was denied by Colby netminder Nina Prünster, but Ally Detre was on the far post to one-time the rebound into the goal.
- The Mules answered at the 10:30 mark when McKinley Karpa lifted the puck over Wesleyan goaltender Allegra Grant glove-side, knotting the game 1-1.
- Colby had a great chance to score during the ninth minute of the second period. An initial shot by Karpa at the 9:00 mark was denied by Grant, before Aimely Michaud-Nolan's rebound attempt went just wide.
- Wesleyan made it 2-1 with 10:46 elapsed in the middle frame. Jenkins blasted a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that was initially blocked by a Colby defender, but the hard shot deflected into the goal.
- The Mules wasted little time out of the intermission, netting the equalizer just 35 seconds into the third period. An initial wrap-around attempt by Lexi Cafiero was thwarted by Grant, but Tess Dupre one-timed the rebound to make it 2-2.
- Colby's best chance to take the lead came with just 1:45 remaining in regulation. Cafiero chipped the puck up to Karpa for a breakaway, but Grant came diving through the slot to deny the chance and send the contest into overtime.
- Neither team was able to muster up a quality chance during the extra session, as the teams ended in a 2-2 draw.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Grant made 35 saves for the Cardinals, while Prünster stopped 12 for the Mules.
- The Cardinals and the Mules will faceoff again on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.