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Women's Ice Hockey Blitzes By Manhattanville With Three First-Period Goals

Bailey Mertz
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Connecticut College women's ice hockey team scored three times in the first period en route to earning a 3-0 victory over Manhattanville on Saturday evening at Dayton Arena.
 
Sophomore Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) set the tone by scoring the first goal just 34 seconds into the contest. Senior Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) then factored into a pair of goals by scoring the second at 6:24 and setting up a third on a power play which was potted in by classmate Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.).
 
Manhattanvile (7-1-1) most notably had a chance to slice into the Camel lead when it gained a 5-on-3 power play opportunity in the opening minutes of the second period. Senior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.), however, denied four shots on target during the sequence to keep the Valiants off the board. Facing a team which was averaging just under five goals per game, Mertz was able to keep the visitors off the board for the remainder of the contest and help deal the Valiants their first setback this winter.
 
Mertz who was making her first start of the season, picked up the shutout between the pipes for the Camels by making 14 saves. Rose Pijaca turned away 35 shots for the Valiants.
 
Connecticut College (4-2-2) will take a break for final exams and return to the ice when it visits Trinity on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.