MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Sophomore Kylie Wilkes (Howell, N.J.) netted her second goal of the season and classmate Dylann Nasr (Reston, Va.) recorded her first collegiate shutout between the pipes in leading the No. 8 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a 2-0 victory over Salve Regina at the St. George's Ice Arena on Tuesday evening.
Connecticut College (3-0) came out of the gates with a vengeance, attempting the first eight shots on target in the contest and many more which were wide or blocked by Seahawk defenders. After several misfires, the Camels successfully got on the board first when sophomore Kylie Wilkes (Howell, N.J.) collected the puck through a scrum of players which was dancing inside the goal mouth and slipped it past goalie Jennifer O'Connell. Classmates Lauren Helm (Frisco, Texas) and Ashley Carbone (Wallingford, Conn.) were credited with assists on the play.
Salve Regina (1-9) tried to answer shortly afterwards when Rebecca Hasting fired a shot from a difficult angle during a 2-on-1 situation with less than 10 minutes remaining. Goalie Dylann Nasr (Reston, Va.), however, covered the near post and made the save and the teams headed into the first intermission with the visitors holding a 1-0 lead.
The Camels, who had several other scoring opportunities during the stretch run of the opening frame, continued to dictate the flow of the game in the second period. The team had three power play opportunities, but the Seahawks killed off each one to keep it a one-goal game.
After outshooting the Seahawks by a 19-3 margin in the second frame, Connecticut College continued to send an onslaught of shots at McConnell throughout the third and final period of action. With O'Connell pulled to allow for an extra skater, the Camels finally got an insurance marker when senior captain Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) scored on the open net in the final minute of action.
Nasr won her first game as a collegian by turning away nine shots for Connecticut College, which blanked its second straight opponent. Salve Regina's O'Connell made 41 saves in the losing effort.
Connecticut College will next clash with No. 6 Middlebury in another battle between nationally-ranked teams on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m.