Posted: Feb 17, 2017
NEW LONDON, Conn.—Connecticut College senior Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.) turned aside 23 shots while junior Sam Walther (Gambrills, Md.) made 31 saves for Hamilton to lead their sides in a scoreless draw at Dayton Arena Friday night. It was Chester's fifth shutout of the season and Walther's eighth blanking of the year.
The Camels moved to 13-7-3 with a 9-5-1 mark in NESCAC play. The Continentals are 14-6-3 with a 9-4-2 record in conference action. The two teams will meet again in the regular season finale tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in Dayton Arena with the NESCAC Championship set to get underway next weekend.
Connecticut College had a great chance to take the lead at the 14:05 mark of the second period. Ashley Carbone (Wallingford, Conn.) skated through the neutral zone and tried to beat Walther at the near post side of the goal from point blank range but Walther was able to come up with one of her nine stops in the frame to keep the game scoreless. Later on in the second, Steph Izzi (Salley, S.C.) nearly put the Camels on top with a wrist shot from the mid-slot area. But Walther was able to elevate to make a nice stick stop.
It took an all-out effort from the Camels on their penalty kill to preserve the tie. Hamilton enjoyed an extra woman advantage with 2:44 remaining in regulation and had another great opportunity when the Camels were hit with another minor 3:17 into overtime. But the collective effort of Chester and her defense that included a standout performance by rookie blue-liner Erin Healy (Melrose, Mass.) kept the visitors off the board.
Connecticut College had the best scoring chance in the opening moments of the overtime. Izzi broke free in a 2-on-1 situation and made a pass through the slot to Samantha Estes (Millis, Mass.) at the far post side of the goal. Estes tried to one-time one past Walther, but the junior keeper was able to come out to cut off the angle for her biggest stop of the night.
Connecticut College held a 31-to-23 advantage on the shot chart. Hamilton was 0-for-3 on its power play while the Camels finished 0-for-1.