Ashleigh Corvi '13 Makes 37 Saves vs. Sacred Heart, 34 vs. Bowdoin but Penalties Hurt Cards in Both Setbacks
Ashleigh Corvi '13 (#35, photo) continued to sparkle in the Cardinal net as she turned aside 37 Sacred Heart scoring bids in a contest that took three weeks to play Wed., Feb. 9. The game was originally slated for Jan. 18, three days after the teams met at Sacred Heart with the Pioneers winning, 5-0. Bad weather postponed the game to Feb. 6, but a need to clear snow off the roof of Wesleyan's rink pushed it back another three days.
It was worth the wait as the teams hooked up in a very competitive affair. Shots favored Sacred Heart by a 39-33 margin and the scoreboard indicated a 2-0 victory for the visitors. A power-play goal on the first of eight power-play chances for the Pioneers, at 5:43 on the opening period, put Wesleyan in a 1-0 hole. A long feed into the slot for a whip-around backhander accounted for the goal.
Wesleyan had quite a few chances in the offensive end on the evening, getting behind the Pioneer defense about half a dozen times over the course of the game, only to be thwarted by a closing defense, a good poke-check or a brilliant goalie save. Sacred Heart added the insurance marker at 2:15 of the third period, dashing the Cardinals' hopes after killing four penalites in the second period and twice being down two skaters, once for :39 and another for :59. The second Sacred Heart goal came on a redirect of a point shot that just hit the left post and snuck in behind Corvi.
Wesleyan had a power-play of its own for the final 1:40 and pulled Corvi as well for a two-skater edge, but Sacred Heart kept the Cardinal attack bottled up and without a shot during the final stretch. Corvi now leads Division III in saves-per-game, averaging 36.1 an outing.
Up next for the Cardinals is their final home NESCAC weekend, beginning with Bowdoin Fri., Feb. 11, and followed by Colby Sat., Feb. 12. Against Bowdoin, Kelsey Muller '13 got the Cardinals on the board first, scoring from the slot at 8:21 of the first period with assists from Jill Reynolds '12 and Kathleen Van Hise '14. Wesleyan carried the 1-0 lead into the second period thanks to 11 Corvi saves as she ended the game with 34. But the Polar Bears used an 11-1 edge in shots over the middle stanza to score twice and take a slim 2-1 lead into the final 20 minutes. Six Cardinal penalties in the third period led to four Bowdoin goals, two of them on the power-play, including one with a two-skater edge. Thus, Bowdoin extended its unbeaten streak vs. Wesleyan to 24 games with a 6-1 decision.