NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.) found the back of the net in the final minute of regulation to lift the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a thrilling 1-0 victory over Colby on Friday night at Dayton Arena.
Connecticut College (9-7-2, NESCAC 5-4-2), which had been knocking on the door for two straight periods, got the only goal of the game following a 5-on-3 power play situation. As the second Mule penalty was expiring, Kylie Wilkes (Howell, N.J.) won a faceoff and found sophomore Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.). After evading an opponent, she flipped a pass back to Michel, and the senior defender fired away a shot from the left point that made its way in through traffic from both sides.
Even though the opening period was scoreless, Colby (9-7-3, NESCAC 6-7) had several opportunities to find the back of the net first and most notably maintained possession over the course of two power plays in the early going. The Mules unleashed seven shots during their first power play and four more during their second, but the Camels held their ground by having skaters block eight of them and senior goalie Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) make three saves.
Playing to support the Headway Foundation and the organization's 2019 Concussion Awareness Week, the Camels continued to put pressure on the Mules throughout the second period. The hosts had a lopsided 20-3 advantage in total shots, including 11-2 on target, but goaltender Cierra San Roman stopped everything that came her away. The barrage continued into the third until Michel finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the final minute.
Mertz picked up the shutout victory by making 13 saves for Connecticut College, while San Roman turned away 28 shots in the setback.
Connecticut College and Colby will face off again tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. in what will also be the Camels' 4th Annual Autism Awareness Game.