Ashleigh Corvi '13 (#35, photo insert upper left) turned aside 35 would-be Williams scoring attempts to record the second shutout of her career and Laura Wasnick '15 (#10, main photo) knocked in a pair of pucks in a span of just 23 seconds late in the third period to propel the Cardinals past NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams, 2-0, Fri., Nov. 16 in the first game of their two-game weekend series. The teams resumed play against each other Sat., Nov. 17 and Williams returned the compliment, capturing a 2-0 decision. Next for the team is a non-conference road game with Sacred Heart Tues., Nov. 20.
While Corvi was withstanding the Eph onslaught over the opening 40 minutes of the first game, coming up with timely saves throughout as Williams generated a 27-10 margin in shots during the first two periods, the Cardinals took advantage of a good scoring chance during a scramble in front of the Eph net with just 3:57 left in regulation. Glenn Hartman-Mattson '13 got a touch on the puck that found its way to Wasnick for the poke home and a 1-0 Cardinal lead. The teams were playing 4-on-4 at the time.
Wasnick then turned the trick again with 3:34 to go, slipping a shot past the Eph keeper on a break-away, again with each team down a player due to penalties.
The Cardinals were then short-handed a pair of players for 30 seconds, followed by a one-player-down power-play for Williams for another 1:30 heading into the final 30 second of the game. Adding to the Williams skating advantage was a pulled goalie during the final power play. Still, Wesleyan and Corvi held the Ephs off the board as the final shot total favored Williams, 35-15.
A year ago, Wesleyan came away from Williams with a two-goal victory in the first game of the back-to-back series but fell by a goal in the second encounter. Once again, the Ephs gained a margin of revenge in the series finale. Using the power play, the Ephs finally got one past Corvi after 97:30 of action bwteen the two games. Corvi made an initial stop on a shot in close, moving to her right. Attempting to tie up the puck, Corvi went down and lost her stick. Before she could regain her position and stick, the Ephs moved the puck from behind the net to the right post and under the diving Corvi with 2:30 left in the second period. Williams added a third-period marker with 2:55 to go on a sharp, rising wrister from the top of the left circle. The Cardinals combined a Williams penalty with a pulled goalie for most of the final 1:30 of the game, but to no avail. Corvi finished with 30 stops.