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No. 9 Women’s Ice Hockey Plays Williams to 1-1 Draw

No. 9 Women’s Ice Hockey Plays Williams to 1-1 Draw

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The No. 9 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team played Williams to a 1-1 overtime tie at Lansing Chapman Rink on Saturday afternoon.

After sophomore Kylie Wilkes (Howell, N.J.) was robbed from point-blank range by netminder Christina Cleroux in an attempt to give the Camels the lead later in the first period, freshman Mairi Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) finally broke the stalemate at the 10:18 mark of the second period by finishing a pass from senior Anna Bleck (Lake Forest, Ill.). Williams nearly tied the match before the second intermission when Olivia Stokes sent a wrister past junior goalie Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.), but the puck clanked off the left post to keep the Camels ahead.

The Ephs dominated the third period by holding a 15-4 advantage in shot attempts and were eventually able to net the equalizer at the 14:47 mark. Mertz was able to knock down an initial shot taken by Abby Brustad, but Meghan Halloran won the puck through a scramble near the crease and slipped the puck into the net to eventually force overtime.

Connecticut College (11-3-3, NESCAC 7-1-2) had the best chance in the extra session when freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) flew down the ice on a breakaway. Her ensuing shot, however, was deflected away by Cleroux, and the game would end in a tie.

Mertz made 27 saves between the pipes for Connecticut College, while Cleroux of Williams (9-4-4, NESCAC 3-3-4) turned away 21 shots at the other end.

Connecticut College has the next week off and will return to action when it travels to UMass Boston for a non-conference matchup on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m.