MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Three different players found the back of the net to help lift the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a 3-1 victory over Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first period which saw the Cardinals hold a slim 7-5 edge in total shots, senior Ellie Branka (Medfield, Mass.) and junior Lauren Helm (Frisco, Texas) scored power play goals just 3:05 apart in the opening minutes of the second to put the Camels ahead. After Branka put the visitors on the board, junior Sammi Estes (Millis, Mass.) unleashed a shot that hit the pipe, and Helm one-timed the rebound to double the margin.
Wesleyan (3-8, NESCAC 1-5) was able to slice the deficit in half before the second intermission when Allie Damren intercepted a pass in the defensive zone and finished on the other end, but the Camels were able to regain their two-goal advantage for good when sophomore Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) found the nylon on a breakaway at the 7:11 mark of the third and final frame.
Freshman goalie Carly Denora (Verona, N.J.) made 14 saves to earn the victory between the pipes. Sam Smith suffered the loss for Wesleyan after turning away 18 shots.
Connecticut College (7-4-2, NESCAC 3-3-2), which has now won three games in a row, will return home to host a two-game series against Williams next weekend. The teams will first face off on Friday evening at 7 p.m.