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Women’s Ice Hockey Dealt 1-0 Setback by Colby

Natalie Witkowski

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's ice hockey team was dealt a 1-0 setback by Colby in its 4th Annual Autism Awareness Game on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.

Colby (10-7-3, NESCAC 7-7) scored the only goal of the contest in transition when McKinley Tarpa found the back of the net for the first time this season just 3:53 in the contest. Lexi Cafiero chipped the puck up along the right boards in the Mules' defensive zone to Tess Dupre, and the junior found a racing Karpa who finished at the other end.

After being outshot in the first two periods, Connecticut College most notably had several chances to net the equalizer throughout the third. The Camels outshot the Mules by a 9-3 margin and gained four power play opportunities, but unfortunately the team was unable to send one past netminder Cierra San Roman. The hosts earned their last power play opportunity at 15:26, firing four shots which were saved and another that was blocked in a two-minute span, and one last attempt with an extra skater by junior Ellie Branka (Medfield, Mass.) was blocked by Lauren Klein to allow the Mules to survive.

San Roman picked up the shutout for Colby by turning away 25 shots, while senior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) made 24 saves for the Camels.

Connecticut College (9-8-2, NESCAC 5-5-2) will next visit Bowdoin for a pivotal NESCAC weekend series beginning on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.