Women's hockey scores four goals in second period, wins at Wesleyan

Maura Holden '23 (photo courtesy of www.mckeephotoarts.com)
Maura Holden '23 (photo courtesy of www.mckeephotoarts.com)

Hamilton College scored four goals in the second period and the Continentals went on to defeat the Wesleyan University Cardinals 5-1 in NESCAC action at Wesleyan's Spurrier-Snyder Rink on Friday night.

With the win the Continentals (13-8-0 overall) moved above the .500 mark in the NESCAC with a record of 7-6, which is good for a tie for fifth place in the standings. Wesleyan suffered its 12th consecutive loss and is still looking for its first NESCAC victory of the season.

The Continentals outshot the Cardinals 45-11 including 11-1 in the first period. Hamilton goaltender Sidney Molnar '22 made 10 saves and has a 1.29 goals against average and .944 save percentage in seven conference starts. Wesleyan's Allegra Grant stopped 40 shots.

After a scoreless opening period, the Continentals broke through early in the second. Wesleyan's Allie Damren was sent off for hooking at 5:30 and gave the Continentals their first power play of the night. Kate Piacenza '21 fired a shot from the right circle, but Grant deflected it away. Maura Holden '23 grabbed the puck as it bounced out and flipped it over Grant at the left post for her third goal at 6:14.

It didn't take long for the Continentals to double their lead. Alayna Trice '20 stole the puck from the Cardinals at the blue line and protected it through traffic up the middle. Once Trice was between the circles, she snapped a shot over Grant's left shoulder for her second goal this season at 9:38.

Hamilton continued their hot streak with 8:58 left in the second. The teams struggled for possession of the puck behind the net before Jess Haviland '21 was able to knock it loose and send it to Hyla Mosher '23. Mosher took the puck to the front of the net and quickly centered it to Maddie Hong '23. Hong tipped the puck and Grant got a piece of it before it glided over the goal line for her third goal.

The Continentals scored once more in the second for a 4-0 lead going into intermission. Wesleyan had a quick break into the Continentals zone but after Molnar blocked a shot, Hamilton returned to its offensive zone on a quick break of their own. Holden carried the puck up the left side and met Nancy Loh '22 at the net. Loh quickly controlled the puck and knocked it in with 1:33 remaining. She's tied for the team lead with seven goals.

Hamilton scored one more goal early in the third. Holden intercepted a Wesleyan pass at the blue line and it bounced off her stick to Maddie Beitler '21. Beitler took it to the front of the net and faked out Grant on the right side before she slipped it in on the left while Grant was out of place. The goal is Beitler's third this season while Holden recorded her first three-point game with the Continentals.

Wesleyan (6-14-1, 0-12-1) avoided the shutout with 11:44 to go. After a fight for the puck along the boards, Brooke Keough collected the puck and fed it to Maggie Curran at the blue line. Curran promptly fired a shot that slipped through traffic and past Molnar for the Cardinals' lone goal.

The teams will play each other again at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Middletown, Connecticut.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22