Women's hockey dominates in 4-1 win over Wesleyan

Jenna Jewell '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Jenna Jewell '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College had three players post a goal and an assist and the Continentals recorded a 4-1 NESCAC victory against the Wesleyan University Cardinals at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.

The Continentals (10-4-1, 4-2-1 NESCAC) enjoyed a 36-11 shot advantage and didn't allow Wesleyan to put any shots on goal in the second period. The two teams play again at Sage Rink on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m.

Andrea Rockey '19, Kate Piacenza '21 and Jenna Jewell '19 led the Hamilton offense with one goal and one assist each. Sammy Johnson '20 improved her record this season to 6-1-0 as she made 10 saves. Johnson, who was making her first start since Dec. 8 at SUNY Potsdam, has a 1.29 goals against average and .942 save percentage.

The Cardinals (4-9-0, 1-6) have scored just 16 goals and were shut out in five straight games earlier this season, but they grabbed a 1-0 lead at 10:29 of the first period. Maggie Curran forced a turnover in Hamilton's defensive zone along the left-side boards. Curran passed up to Kendall Carr above the left faceoff circle and she hammered a slap shot that appeared to deflect off a defender in front and past Johnson.

Jess Haviland '21 tied the score on her second goal with 5:53 left in the first. Maddie Beitler '21 gained possession of the puck inside the right faceoff circle, carried it below the circle, and passed to Haviland at the right post where she poked it in. Beitler picked up her second assist and Kelli Mackey '20 collected her sixth.

Rockey gave the Continentals the lead on her fourth goal at 4:29 of the second period. Jewell won a faceoff in the left circle to Rockey below the circle in Hamilton's offensive zone. Her backhanded shot was accidentally redirected off a defender in front of the crease and past Wesleyan goaltender Allegra Grant (32 saves). Jewell was credited with her second assist.

The Continentals clinched the win with two goals in the final eight minutes of the third period. One of the Cardinals was sent to the penalty box for hooking with 8:46 remaining, and Piacenza made them pay with a power-play goal with 7:41 to go. Rockey passed from the left faceoff circle to Nancy Loh '22 near the left post and she passed the puck across the front of the crease to Piacenza at the right post for a one-timer. Piacenza has five goals this season, Loh leads the team with 11 assists and 18 points, and Rockey picked up her sixth helper.

Jewell accounted for the final margin on her first goal this season with 5:06 left. Taegan Blackwell '19 received the puck at the point and sent a high shot towards the net that Jewell knocked down in front of the crease. She then turned and stuffed it into the goal from point-blank range. Blackwell is second on the team with nine assists and Piacenza gathered her fifth.