MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Jan. 24) - Avenging a 1-0 setback at Wesleyan the night before, the visiting Connecticut College women's ice hockey squad rallied to tie Wesleyan twice this evening, then got the game-winning goal with :08 left in overtime off the stick of sophomore Cassie Hunter to secure a 3-2 NESCAC win.
The Camels upped their seasonal record to 10-5-3 with a 5-3-2 conference record as they remain in the hunt for a home playoff berth with six NESCAC games remaining. The Cardinals dipped to 6-9-1 on the year, 2-7-1 in the league.
Hunter netted both the game-tying goal with 2:11 left in the third period as well as the winner, giving her four goals on the season. Her winning tally came on the power play as Wesleyan was whistled for a penalty with 2:02 to go in the extra frame. The Cardinals killed off 1:50 of the 4-on-3 situation. With a faceoff in the Cardinals' defensive zone to the left of junior goalie Corinne Rivard, Camel sophomore Jane Pagano got the puck to her teammate sophomore Julie Beattie just inside the blue line. She sent the puck forward and it tipped high off the stick of a Cardinal player to Hunter between the circles. She settled the puck, wheeled and smacked a shot past Rivard.
Her tying goal came on a rebound with a pile of players in front of the Cardinal net as Connecticut had pulled its senior goalie Kelsie Fralick for about two minutes, and applied continuous pressure which eventually paid off. After Wesleyan held a 21-19 edge in shots through 40 minutes, Connecticut College generated 21 shots to Wesleyan's eight over the final nearly 25 minutes. The Camels had eight shots in overtime, seven of them turned aside by Rivard, who finished with 37 stops. Fralick picked up 27 saves in the Camel net.
Wesleyan led 1-0 and 2-1 on goals by senior McKenzie McPike and junior Laura Mead. McPike's fifth goal of the year came on a rebound at the 13:34 mark of the first period. Mead, who netted her second of the season, made a strong individual rush up the left side from center ice and went in past the Camel defense, wristing a perfectly place shot short side between the keeper and post, just under the crossbar at 4:37 of the third period. In between, Connecticut College got the only goal of the second period from Amelia Dineen as the senior netted her third of the campaign with a redirect of a shot from the left side by sophomore Lauren Bishop. That came at 15:08 of the middle stanza.
Up next for the Camels is a trip to NESCAC front-runner Amherst (11-1-3, 6-0-2) Sat., Jan. 31 to begin a NESCAC series.
Wesleyan moves out-of-conference for its next outing, hosting Nichols Wed., Jan. 28.