#8 Connecticut College 1 William Smith College 1 Mertz Turns Aside 29 Shots for Camels

#8 Connecticut College 1 William Smith College 1 Mertz Turns Aside 29 Shots for Camels

GENEVA, N.Y. -- Sophomore Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) stopped 29 of 30 shots to lead the Connecticut College women's hockey team to a point in a 1-1 draw with William Smith College in the Freezer Monday night.

Junior Steph Izzi (Salley, S.C.) potted her second goal of the season on a Camel power play with 52 seconds remaining in the opening period. Sophomore Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) provided her fourth assist of the season on the marker. 

The eighth ranked Camels move to 6-2-1 with the draw. The Herons are 3-7-2. 

Connecticut College held a 15-11 advantage in shots in the first period and followed that up by out-shooting the Herons 13-9 in the middle period. William Smith College was assessed a five minute major near the end of the second but the Camels could not capitalize and the visitors continued to carry the one-goal advantage into the second intermission. 

Early in the third, the Herons were able to reap the rewards of carrying the extra woman advantage on a power-play of their own with 17:39 remaining in regulation. Junior tri-captain Rebecca Begley (Fremont, N.H.) netted her third score of the season with sophomore Jordan Roetzer (Williamsville, N.Y.) earning her sixth assist on the goal.

Both sides had opportunities to take the lead with power play chances in the third.

But the game remained tied at the end of regulation. Connecticut College carried a 3-0 edge on shots in the extra session but could not find the back of the net and the game ended in a draw. 

Rookie net-minder Devon Strachan (West Chester, Pa.) stopped 39 of 40 Camel shots in an impressive performance for the hosts.

The Camels carried a 40-30 advantage in shots. 

Connecticut College will resume conference play this Friday when they visit the Capital City of Hartford for a 12:30 p.m. game at Trinity College.

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