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Nationally-Ranked Women’s Ice Hockey Blanks William Smith, 4-0, to Complete Weekend Sweep

Erin Healy

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Mairi Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) scored the first two goals of her career and classmate Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) factored into a pair of markers to help lead the No. 9 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a 4-0 win over William Smith on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena. The Camels shut out the Herons for the second straight day to complete the weekend sweep.

Connecticut College (6-2-1) controlled play from start to finish and quickly got on the board just 2:21 into the game. Skating in hard from the left side, senior assistant captain Kate Kohl (Chelmsford, Mass.) fired a shot that was initially saved by Heron goalie Maggie Salmon and then potted her own rebound to put the Camels ahead.

The hosts then got two straight markers from Anthony to pull away. The freshman center rifled a shot to the top shelf from the slot after receiving a pass from Dillon from the right side to double the lead at the 4:44 mark of the second frame before finishing a rebound from an initial shot that came off the stick of senior Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) at the five-minute mark of the third.

The Camels, who attempted 45 total shots in the third period alone, continued to pepper Salmon and added more insurance on their sixth power play of the afternoon with their top defensive line setting up the marker. Junior Olivia Good (Woodbury, Conn.) slid a pass from the left corner over to Ashley Carbone (Wallingford, Conn.), and the sophomore sent in a dangerous puck that was one-timed by Dillon for the team's fourth and final goal of the contest at the midway point of the final frame.

Junior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) of Connecticut College picked up her second straight shutout victory by making 13 saves. Salmon suffered the loss after making 39 stops for William Smith (7-2-1), which faced an onslaught of 91 total shot attempts by the Camels over the course of the afternoon.

Connecticut College resumes NESCAC play when it hosts Trinity for a two-game weekend series beginning on Friday, Jan. 5. The opening face off is slated for 7:00 p.m.