NEW LONDON, Conn. - Senior Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) scored her sixth goal of the season to lift the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Williams on Friday evening at Dayton Arena.
Cross provided the difference with 1:27 remaining in the extra session on a play that started at the opposite end of the ice. Working from the Camels' defensive zone, classmate Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.) bounced a puck off the left boards that was intercepted by Williams' Mia Carroll and sent back in to the senior defender. Michel then retried sending the puck up along the left boards and this time successfully got it through to Cross, who raced down the same side and finished at the other end to give the Camels the sudden victory.
Williams (10-4-1, NESCAC 5-4) got on the board first at the midway point of the opening frame when it earned the first power play of the game. Carroll sent a cross ice pass from just in front of the blue line to Brynn Puppe, who rocketed a puck that was redirected in by Amanda Reisman.
Connecticut College, however, netted the equalizer with less than two minutes to go in the opening frame. Directly following an icing call, junior Kylie Wilkes (Howell, N.J.) won the ensuing face off from the right circle. Senior captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) quickly gained possession of the puck and slid a pass back to junior Ellie Branka (Medfield, Mass.), who fired a shot that was saved by Eph netminder Chloe Heiting, and sophomore Erin Dillon potted home the rebound to tie the game.
Despite surrendering the lead shortly before the first intermission, the Ephs gained a golden opportunity and the best scoring chance to end the game in regulation when Bri Laycock was taken down on a breakaway and earned a penalty shot at the 6:51 mark of the second period. Her ensuing attempt, however, clanked hard off the pipe to keep the game tied. Camel senior netminder Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) then followed up by turning away eight shots in the third period alone, allowing Cross to eventually net the game-winning marker in overtime.
Mertz made 20 saves to pick up the victory for Connecticut College, while Chloe Heiting ended the game with 28 stops.
Connecticut College (8-4-2, NESCAC 4-3-2), which has now won four in a row, will look to sweep the weekend series against the Ephs when the teams square off again tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.