Cardinals Build 3-0 Lead in Third Period, Then Hang on for a 3-2 Win over Visiting Nichols
Wesleyan built a comfortable 3-0 lead over visiting and under-manned Nichols Tues., Dec. 4, but the Bison rallied for two goals in the final 10 minutes and pressured the Cardinals with their goalie pulled for the final 1:10 of the contest. Still Wesleyan hung on for a 3-2 victory to remain unbeaten against Nichols in five all-time meetings with a 4-0-1 record. Wesleyan is back on the ice Fri., Dec. 7 with a visit to Salve Regina.
A first-period goal on a smart wrister by Alicia White '15 (#20, photo lower right) with two minutes left spotted Wesleyan the lead for good as the Cardinals outshot the Bison, who were playing with just 10 skaters, 18-1 over the opening 20 minutes. While the shots nearly evened up in the second stanza, 10-9 in Wesleyan's favor, the scoring was the same as Wesleyan added to its lead when Lilah Fones (#17, photo lower left) posted her second marker of the season as she slid the puck under the Nichols keeper.
When Cara Jankowski '15 (#9, photo upper right) converted a Jordan Schildhaus '15 pass into Wesleyan's third goal, and her first of the campaign, with a rising shot into the upper right corner at 3:52 of the final period, Wesleyan had a three-goal cushion. But Nichols got one back with a shot over the right shoulder of Laura Corcoran '16 at 11:30, making it 3-1. Then at 18:50, the Bison got within a goal at 3-2. Nichols pressured for the tying goal with its goalie on the bench, hitting the post with a shot, but the Cardinals withstood the attack to preserve the victory.
Corinne Rivard '16 (#1, photo upper left) played the opening 30 minutes of the contest for Wesleyan, making seven saves without allowing a goal. Corcoran made eight stops during her 30 minutes between the pipes, yielding both Bison tallies as each made her first appearance of the season.