Jan 23, 2015
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Jan. 23) - In the first of back-to-back NESCAC matchups here this evening, Wesleyan broke a scoreless tie at the 9:54 mark of the third period with the eighth goal of the year by top scorer senior Jordan Schildhaus and it held up as the game-winner in Wesleyan's 1-0 women's ice hockey win over Connecticut College. The teams complete the two-game series Sat., Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
Wesleyan had much the better of the opportunities over the first two period as a shot by junior Laura Mead, followed up by a rebound shot by sophomore Jess Brennan seven minutes into the contest was the best chance on the opening 20 minutes. With an 8-2 margin on shots in the second period, the Cardinals generated three excellent scoring chances but Camel senior keeper Kelsie Fralick made the stops each time to hold the score to 0-0 after two periods. The Camels buzzed in the first five minutes of the third period, getting the first five shots of the frame and challenging Wesleyan junior netminder Corinne Rivard several times, but the game stayed even.
Then midway through the third period, sophomore Ellery Sarosi secured possession for Wesleyan in the Cardinals' defensive end, sending a pass ahead to senior Cara Jankowski. That opened up a two-on-one break for the Cardinals. Jankowski carried the puck into the Camel zone on the right side, passed cross ice to an open Schildhaus, who skated in and snapped off a rising wrist shot from the left circle that beat Fralick high to the glove side.
Connecticut College pulled Fralick for the final 3:24 of the game and peppered the Cardinal net as it had to begin the period. Rivard again made a few big stops with several pile-ups in from of the Wesleyan net. During the time, Wesleyan had a good chance to make it 2-0 but Mead's shot from the right side toward the open Camel cage was deflected wide by a Camel defender mid-flight.
The Camels fell to 9-5-4 overall and 4-3-2 in the NESCAC. Wesleyan upped its mark to 6-8-1 overall and 2-6-1 in the conference.