CLINTON, N.Y.--The Hamilton College women's hockey team rallied to tie visiting Connecticut College 1-1 in an overtime game Friday at Russell Sage Rink. The two teams, who are both headed to the NESCAC Championship, conclude the series – and the regular season Saturday afternoon.
The Continentals, who improved to 11-9-3 overall (5-7-3 in the NESCAC) scored the equalizer early in the third period. The Camels (14-7-2 overall, 8-5-2 NESCAC) saw their seven-game winning streak end, although they're still unbeaten since Jan. 23.
After trailing for more than 30 minutes, the Continentals tied the score 2:04 into the third on a goal by Hannah Bartlett '16. Steph DiPietro '18 carried the puck up the left side and fed a pass across the goal mouth toward the far post; Bartlett pulled the puck back to the near post and pushed a shot past Camel goaltender Katherine Chester for her team-leading 15th goal of the season. She ranks third in the NESCAC.
DiPietro's assist was her second of the season. Sara Taffe '17, whose lead pass to DiPietro started the play, earned her fifth assist this winter.
Sam Walther '18 made 11 of her 32 saves after Bartlett's goal to preserve the tie. Five of her stops came during the five-minute overtime period (which is played four-on-four), including three while Hamilton killed a two-minute penalty.
Chester stopped 36 shots. She and Walther rank first and third in the NESCAC in save percentage with respective marks of .951 and .943.
The Camels took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period when Katlyn Paiva picked up her seventh goal of the season after a scramble in front of the net. Walther saved a shot by Isabel Gleekel and Anna Bleck played the rebound toward the right post where it went off Paiva's skate and into the net.
Saturday's game, which starts at 3 p.m., will be the final regular-season appearance for the six Continental seniors. The game also be the inaugural Women's Hockey FanFest Classic, as part of FanFest (the college's annual winter carnival).
Camel Tracks-Not Including Friday's Action
Connecticut College forward Jordan Cross of Saugus, Mass. has been honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Hockey Player of the Week Monday. Cross erupted with three goals and three assists this weekend, leading the Camels to their sixth and seventh consecutive victories and a series sweep of Bowdoin.
Cross had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 victory against the Polar Bears. She has accounted for 12 goals and seven assists this winter. Cross shares the league lead in first-year scoring at 19 points with classmate Elena Gualtieri. The Camels have outscored their opponents 24-9 during their current seven game winning streak.
"It's nice to see Jordan recognized for her accomplishments," Connecticut College Head Women's Hockey Coach Kristin Steele said. "She has certainly earned the honor. She has an awareness for finding space in the offensive zone both for her own shots and moving the puck to her teammates. It's exciting to watch Jordan, Stephanie Izzi and Elena Gualtieri become more familiar with each other and create some fantastic scoring opportunities."
On Saturday, February 27, Connecticut College will return home to host its second consecutive NESCAC Quarterfinal game in New London against an opponent to be determined. Junior Steph Izzi (West Cornwall, Conn.) has tallied nine goals and 11 assists to rank fifth in the conference with 20 points this winter. Julie Beattie (Livonia, Mich.) leads the NESCAC in defensive scoring with eight goals, six assists and 14 points. Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.) sits atop the NESCAC while ranking sixth nationally with a .950 goals against average.