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Williams College 3, Connecticut College 2 OT Vukasin Supplies Game-Winner for Ephs

Williams College 3, Connecticut College 2 OT Vukasin Supplies Game-Winner for Ephs
NEW LONDON, Conn--Gabrielle Vukasin (Princeton, N.J.) netted a power-play goal from the top of the right circle 29 seconds into overtime to lift the Williams College women's hockey team to a 3-2 win at Connecticut College Friday night.

Williams snaps its five-game losing streak with the victory, improving their record to 9-13-1 with a 5-9-1 mark in league action. The Camels fall to 12-10-1 with a 6-8-1 mark in the NESCAC.

Sam Weinstein (Marblehead, Mass.) had a goal and an assist for the winning side. Senior Aimee Dennett (Highland Ranch, Colo.) potted her second score of the season for the Ephs.

Sophomore Chloe Billadeau (Chaska, Minn.) made 26 of her 36 saves over the final two periods of action for the visitors.

Connecticut College juniors Leah Kallen (Chicago, Ill.) and Courtney Dumont (Yarmouth, Maine) both scored goals for the hosts. Amanda Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Samantha Schuffenecker (Oswego, N.Y.) earned the assists.
Sophomore Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) made 26 saves in the setback.

With 9:08 remaining in the opening period the Ephs took a 1-0 lead. Weinstein skated down the right side through the neutral zone, making a stick fake to the near post side of the goal and then flicking one in with her backhand.

But with 8:02 left in the first, the Camels nearly tied the game when Dumont fired a low slap shot from the right circle that was saved by Billadeau. The Camels nearly cashed in on another scoring chance with 5:26 to play. Leah Kallen connected with Ariel DiPasquale (Whitestone, N.Y.) in the slot but her shot went wide of the goal.
With 1:22 to go, Fralick made a nifty glove save on a rising wrist shot from Andree Heller (Toronto, Ontario). Weinstein had made the nice entry pass in the 2-on-1 situation.
In the early stages of the middle period with 17:24 remaining, Gabrielle Vukasin made a nice pass to set up Michaela Levine (Lititz, Pa.) but the Camel defense was able to break up the pass.
Later on in the second, Sam Schoeneberger (Vernon, Conn.) attempted to go top-shelf from the right circle but the shot was saved by Billadeau.
The Camels applied heavy pressure on their power play in the latter stages of the second. Leigh Getz (Clifton Park, N.Y.) fired back-to-back shots from the left side. The second shot was stopped by Billadeau with 6:38 remaining. The Camels out-shot Williams 16-to-7 in the middle period but the visitors carried the one-goal advantage into the second intermission.
The Camels supplied the equalizer just 26 seconds into the third period. Amanda Bogue skated down the right side of the Williams zone and hit Kallen in the slot for a one-timer, her third of the season.
With 5:34 remaining Williams regained a 2-1 lead. Caitlin Conlon (Sudbury, Mass.) fired a shot from the left circle that was blocked but Aimee Dennett pounced on the loose puck in the slot and put in the rebound.
The Camels did not go away though and with 2:46 remaining, the hosts evened the game at two. Samantha Schuffenecker assisted Courtney Dumont for a shorthanded marker. Dumont's fired a low hard shot that went through the pads of Billadeau. It was the 37th goal of her prolific playing career.

But the Camels took another penalty with 1:01 remaining in regulation that proved to be costly. The Ephs capitalized 39 seconds into the extra session with Vukasin's game-winner. Weinstein and Conlin had a hand in the difference making score.

The Camels out-shot Williams 38-to-29 in the game. The two teams will face-off again tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in New London.