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No. 8 Women’s Ice Hockey Rallies Late to Salvage 1-1 Overtime Tie With Wesleyan

No. 8 Women’s Ice Hockey Rallies Late to Salvage 1-1 Overtime Tie With Wesleyan

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season midway through the third period as the No. 8 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team battled Wesleyan to a 1-1 overtime tie on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.

Despite being outshot by a lopsided margin from the opening whistle, Wesleyan was able to score just 1:34 into the contest on a breakaway when Gina Mangiafridda took a pass through the neutral zone from Cici Frattasio and lifted a shot past an unprotected Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.). Kendall Carr also picked up an assist on the play.

Connecticut College (9-3-2, NESCAC 6-1-1), which unleashed 71 total shots in the contest, came up empty despite attempting 28 during the second period and finally broke through with the equalizer at the midway point of the third frame. Shortly after an apparent goal by freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) in a 5-on-3 situation, the Camels got the equalizer they were looking for when Cross finished passes from junior Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) and senior Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) at 11:39.

The Camels continued to send a barrage of shots at goalie Allegra Grant through the remainder of regulation, but the visiting netminder would not allow anything by her. Grant also turned away five Camel shots in overtime, and the teams settled for a 1-1 draw.

Mertz finished the game with 10 saves for Connecticut College, which still ended the weekend in second place in the NESCAC standings. Grant of Wesleyan (4-6-4, NESCAC 0-2-4) took the tough loss by turning away 47 shots.

Connecticut College, which is unbeaten in its last six contests against NCAA Division III competition, next travels to Castleton for a non-conference matchup on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.