Cara Jankowski '15 (#9, photo) put the Cardinals ahead for good in the opening minute of the third period, and added a pair of assists later in the frame as Wesleyan pulled away from host Nichols Tues., Dec. 6, to post a 4-1 non-conference victory.
Jankowski broke a 1-1 deadlock with her first career goal just :46 into the final stanza, tipping in a rebound as MJ Cardin '12 and Jill Reynolds '12 assisted on the game-winner. At 9:34, Alicia White '15 got her initial Wesleyan goal, receiving a centering pass from Hannah Jellinek '15 from behind the net and converting it into a 3-1 Cardinal advantage. Jankowski also picked up an assist on the play, then added her third point of the game when Reynolds put one home into the lower left side of the cage with 2:50 to play as Cardin posted her second assist. It was the second goal of the year for Reynolds.
Goalie Ashleigh Corvi '13 turned aside 28 Bison scoring bids in posting her second triumph of the season. Wesleyan held a 41-29 edge in the shot department.
The squad closed out first-semester play with an away-and-home non-conference series vs. in-state opponent Sacred Heart, facing the Pioneers on the road Fri., Dec. 9, and finishing up with a home contest Sat., Dec. 10. Sacred Heart captured both meetings, winning 4-2 at home and 3-2 at Wesleyan. Wesleyan rallied from a 2-0 deficit in both games to even the count at 2-2, but the Pioneers got the better of it down the stretch for the wins. In the first game, Kelsey Muller '13 and Jordan Schildhaus '15 scored in the second period to erase a 2-0 shortfall as the teams headed into the final stanza knotted at 2-2. Sacred Heart scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the period, with the go-ahead goal coming on the power play, and held Wesleyan off the board for the win. Corvi recorded 23 saves in the contest.
In the second outing, the Pioneers took a 2-0 lead in the first period before Wesleyan got the only goal of the middle stanza off the stick of Muller for her team-leading fifth goal of the season. At 6:12 of the third period, Glenn Hartman-Mattson '14 redirected a centering pass from the left circle by Mackenzie McPike '15 into the tying goal. But Sacred Heart got the game winner at 10:45 and held Wesleyan scoreless despite playing short-handed for two minutes and facing a pulled-goalie situation by Wesleyan for the final minute. Corvi came up with 30 stops.
Wesleyan is back on the ice Mon., Jan. 2 when it takes on Bowdoin in the opening round of the Codfish Bowl hosted by UMass Boston. Sacred Heart faces UMass Boston in the other first-round contest.