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Cardinals Downed by Connecticut College, 3-1

Photo by Steve McLaughlin Photography
Photo by Steve McLaughlin Photography

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's ice hockey team was defeated by in-state NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Friday night in Spurrier-Synder Rink, 3-1.

The Cardinals scored the first goal of the game in the first period but the Camels used two late third period goals to prevail. Wesleyan is 6-8-1 overall and 0-6-1 in the NESCAC. Following the win, Connecticut College improved to 10-5-1 and 4-4-1.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • In the first period, Connecticut College had a strong scoring chance with roughly eight minutes remaining when Sammi Estes broke free with no one to beat, but her attempt was saved by Allegra Grant. The puck bounced off her pads back to the Camels, and Caroline O'Keefe fired one at the net but Grant once again made the save to keep the game scoreless.
  • At the 17:26 mark, Wesleyan got on the board when it took advantage of a power-play opportunity. Allie Damren found Maggie Curran at the point as she fired one into the bottom right corner.
  • It was a different story in the second and third periods as the Camels took over.
  • Roughly halfway through the second, the visitors evened the score when Camille Phelan took a shot from the left circle that was deflected into the back of the goal.
  • The Camels pulled away in the third and with 5:24 remaining, Phelan skated on the red line to the left of the goal when she dished it off to Estes for the game-winner.
  • Just 34 seconds later, Connecticut College tallied an insurance marker as Erin Dillon scored on a breakaway, tucking one into the bottom right.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Despite the loss, Grant made 31 saves in net.
  • Carly Denora picked up the win for the Camels with 13 saves. She's now 7-4-1 overall.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action tomorrow and will play at Connecticut College. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.