Women's Ice Hockey Ends 7-Game Skid vs. Sacred Heart as 11 Cardinals Get in on Scoring in 4-2 Win, Then Takes HC down to the Wire in 2-1 Setback
Scoring three straight goals in a span of 11:28 during the second period to overcome a 1-0 deficit, Wesleyan went on to take a 4-2 decision against Sacred Heart Tues., Nov. 20 to end a seven-game losing streak against the Pioneers dating back to 2008. Wesleyan and Sacred Heart have played just about every season since the 1995-96 campaign, occasionally as many as three times in a year, including last year when the Pioneers won both home, away and on neutral ice. Since 2000, Wesleyan was just 2-13 vs. Sacred Heart and scored four goals just once during that 15-game stretch.
But with 11 difference Cardinals all picking up one scoring point apiece, Wesleyan got its final two goals from Jordan Schildhaus '15 (#19, main photo) to cap the three-goal run at 17:19 of the middle stanza, and Mackey Hemphill '15 (#13, photo insert upper left), the first of her career, to make it 4-1 with 10:11 left in the third. Scoring the opening two goals were Jenny Robinson '16, who tied the game at 1-1 at 5:51 of the second with her first career goal, and Caitlin Bray '15, whose first career goal at 11:45 of the second period gave the Cardinals the lead for good.
Between the pipes, Ashleigh Corvi '13 had her usual steady game, making 33 saves, with 17 of them coming duiring the second period as the squad was building its advantage.
The squad continued playing out-of-conference for its next game, heading to Holy Cross Sun., Nov. 25. There Wesleyan had the chance to end another seven-game skid as the Crusaders stood 6-0-1 vs. Wesleyan in the last seven meetings. Holy Cross got a pair of first-period markers, one at 6:14 and the other at 18:45, for a 2-0 lead and its held up for a 2-1 victory despite a late power-play goal from Schildhaus with 5:30 to go. Wesleyan could not get the equalizer despite pulling Corvi for the final 1:16 and having a brief 11-second power play to end the contest. Holy Cross held a 39-14 edge in total shots. Corvi stopped all 29 Crusader shots over the final 40 minutes to keep the Cardinals in the game.
Wesleyan is back on the ice Fri., Nov. 30 with the first of back-to-back NESCAC/Little Three games at Amherst, with the second game on Saturday.