WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Junior assistant captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) scored a power play goal in the third period as the No. 9 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Williams by a 3-2 score at Lansing Chapman Rink on Friday evening.
Williams (9-4-3, NESCAC 3-3-3), which entered the evening on a six-game unbeaten streak, stayed hot at the beginning and built up a 2-0 lead. Brynn Puppe put the Ephs on the board at the 7:39 mark of the first period, and Abby Brustad doubled the margin just 18 seconds into the second.
The Camels, however, stormed back during the second and third frames and slashed the margin in half when freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) got a lucky bounce in the air off an initial save by netminder Marissa Anderson at the 5:25 mark of the second period.
Trailing 2-1 through 40 minutes of play, Connecticut College scored two quick goals just 2:40 apart to seize control of the game in the final period. Senior Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) finished a pass from sophomore Elizabeth Cho (Soldotna, Alaska) at 2:57, and Gualtieri provided the eventual heroics by tallying a power play goal less than three minutes later. The Camels then held off a relentless Williams attack, which included adding an extra skater for the last two minutes of the contest, to earn their 11th victory of the season and remain in second place in the NESCAC standings.
Junior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) made a career-high 35 saves to pick up her 10th win of the season for Connecticut College, which was outshot by a 37-24 margin. Anderson of Williams suffered the setback after turning away 21 shots.
Connecticut College (11-3-2, NESCAC 7-1-1) and Williams will complete the weekend conference series tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.