CLINTON, N.Y. – The Connecticut College women's ice hockey team skated to a 0-0 draw with Hamilton at Russell Sage Rink on Friday evening. With the tie, the Camels clinched the second seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.
Connecticut College (14-4-5, NESCAC 9-2-4) outshot Hamilton (14-7-4, NESCAC 8-4-3) by a 13-3 margin in the opening period and nearly got on the board first when freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) evaded two Continental defenders for an open shot against goalie Sam Walther. The senior, however, made the save in the fourth minute of action.
The hosts came out stronger in the second period and hit the pipe three times during the next 20 minutes of play. Michaela Giuttari went coast-to-coast and fired a wrister near the midway point of the frame that was saved by netminder Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.), and the Camel junior also redirected the rebound attempt off the stick of Stephanie DiPietro from inside the slot. Mertz then made her third save during the same sequence off a shot attempt by Missy Segall, and another try which was flipped over the leg of the Camel goalie clinked off the far post at the 7:02 mark.
After the Camels had another strong opportunity to score in the third when sophomore Kyla Floresca (West Memphis, Ark.) fired a shot that was denied by Walther, the hosts made a strong bid to the win game in overtime. Jenna Jewell stole the puck away in the neutral zone and came in all alone against Mertz, but the Camel junior turned away the shot attempt to preserve the tie.
Walther made 34 saves to earn her 10th shutout of the season for Hamilton, while Mertz of Connecticut College stopped 29 Continental attempts for her seventh clean sheet of the winter.
Connecticut College and Hamilton will conclude the weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.