MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – In its final home game of the 2019-20 season, the Wesleyan women's hockey team prevailed over in-state NESCAC rival Trinity on Friday night, 2-0.
The Cardinals scored midway through the first period and added an insurance tally early in the third as they improved to 7-15-1 overall and 1-13-1 in league play. The Bantams, who secured a berth in the NESCAC Tournament last weekend by sweeping Bowdoin, dropped to 7-12-4 and 2-11-2.
- It was all Trinity in the first 10 minutes of the first period as the Bantams fired numerous shots on net but Wesleyan goalie Allegra Grant made one excellent save after another to keep the visitors off the board.
- With 9:54 on the scoreboard, Bridget Cornell received a pass from Colleen Castro on a breakaway. Her first shot was saved by Kai-Lilly Karpman but the pucked corralled off her pads back to Cornell who one-timed it into the top right corner.
- The momentum shifted from that point in the first period and the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
- The second period featured very even play with each team recording 11 shots. However, neither team had a great chance as they went into the third period with Wesleyan ahead 1-0.
- In the third minute of the third period, the Cardinals added an insurance tally when Sophia Marra stood in front of the goalie and redirected a shot by Miranda Nestor into the bottom right corner.
- The Bantams placed seven shots on goal in the final period but Grant was exceptional between the posts and didn't let anything by her as the Cardinals claimed the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Grant recorded the shutout victory with 31 saves.
- Karpman totaled 24 stops for the Bantams.
- Trinity held a slight 31-26 edge in shots.
- Both teams came up empty on power plays as the Bantams went 0-for-2 and Wesleyan finished 0-for-4.
- The two teams return to the ice tomorrow as Trinity hosts the Cardinals at 4 p.m.