NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior Leah Kallen (Chicago, Ill.) had two goals and assisted on a third score to help lead the Camels in a 4-0 blanking of Nichols College in women's hockey action played at Dayton Arena Tuesday night.
The Camels put an end to their three-game losing streak, improving their record to 6-5-2 while the Bison fell 3-10.
Michaela Igo (Sandwich, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and two assists while classmate Jane Pagano (Erie, Pa.) potted her team leading seventh goal of the season for the Camels, who enjoyed a 47-to-17 advantage on the shot chart.
Rookie net-minder Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.) stopped all shots she faced en route to her first collegiate shutout.
Nichols College junior goalie Tori Gianformaggio (Huntington Beach, Calif.) corralled 43 of the Camels 47 shots with some acrobatic moves around the cage and a refuse to lose mentality that kept the Bison in contention for much of this contest.
Pagano opened the scoring at the 5:11 mark of the first period when she flicked in a wrist shot from the center of the blue line for the Camels. In the second period, the Camels extended their lead when Kallen tipped one in with the assist coming from Igo in the slot area. Gianformaggio made 18 saves in the middle period to keep things close for the visitors.
But with 12:35 remaining in regulation the Camels tacked on a critical insurance goal. Cassie Hunter (Gilford, N .H.) delivered a blast from the point that was saved by Gianformaggio. However, Igo was able to pounce on the rebound and beat the talented Nichols backstop at her glove side to open things up for the hosts.
With 1:42 remaining in regulation, the Camels cashed in on their power play when Kallen caromed one in off the post, taking a cross crease pass from Hunter to close out the 4-0 victory.
Connecticut College will resume NESCAC play this weekend with a two-game series at Colby College. The Camels and Mules will face-off Friday night at 7 before they close out the series with a 3 p.m. game in Waterville Saturday.
The Bison will host the College of the Holy Cross Saturday night for a 7:40 p.m. game in Harrisville, R.I.