Cara Jankowski '15 (#9, main photo) broke a 1-1 tie with 2:56 remaining by scoring her second goal of the game and sixth of the season, and goalie Ashleigh Corvi '13 (#35, photo insert upper right) collected 42 saves to preserve the win as the Cardinals prevailed at Hamilton, 2-1, Fri., Feb. 1 in the first of back-to back games between the NESCAC rivals. The squads squared off again Sat., Feb. 2, and this time Hamilton was on the upside of a 2-1 final score.
Jankowski spotted Wesleyan a 1-0 lead at 3:46 of the opening period and Corvi made 32 saves over the first two periods to make it stand up heading into the third period. To that point the Cardinals had eight shot. The first one belong to Jankowski as she worked with Laura Mead '16 around the Continental net, taking a pass behind the net from Mead and working her way in front to slip the puck between the pads of the Hamilton keeper. Hamilton evened the count just 2:43 into the final period but Corvi finished the frame with 10 more saves, good enough to make Wesleyan a winner as Jankowski connected with Jordan Schildhaus '15 and Mead for the winning marker. Mead made the initial pass in front and Schildhaus took the first shot which was stopped by the goalie, but Jankowski got to the rebound and pushed it home. For the game, Hamilton generated a 43-12 edge in total shots.
Wesleyan won two straight over Hamilton after ending a 10-game skid vs. the Continentals a year ago with a 4-0 win in Middletown. But Hamilton grabbed a 2-1 win in the rematch Saturday in an evenly played contest. Shots favored Hamilton, 25-20, but the Continentals posted a goal midway through the second period to break the deadlock and added what proved to be the winning goal at 7:05 of the third, that coming on a short-handed breakaway. Wesleyan pulled Corvi in the final minute and it only took the Cardinals seven seconds to get on the board with Alicia White '15 netting the goal, her second of the season, in close on the right, assisted by Mackenzie McPike '15 and Kelsey Muller '13. That came with :52 to go. Wesleyan continued to pepper the Hamilton net in the closing 40 seconds but could not come up with the tying marker.
Ahead for the squad was a trip to Colby for a pair of games starting Sat., Feb. 9. Wesleyan came up empty during the excursion, dropping the first encounter, 2-1, despite a modest 31-27 edge in shots. In game two Sun., Feb. 10, the Mules fashioned a 37-27 margin in shots and came away a 3-0 winner. As a result, Wesleyan was knocked put of post-season contention.
As usual, Corvi was steady between the pipes, turning aside 64 Mules shots while allowing just five goals, one of them power play, giving her a .928 save percentage over the two games. Corvi was pulled for an extra skater fir the final 1:05 of the opener in search of the tying tally, but to no avail. Schildhaus was the Cardinals' goal scorer, converting a Jankowski pass into a power-play goal at 6:30 of the second period, which cut the Colby lead to 2-1. It was her 10th goal of the season, making her the first Cardinal since the 2004-05 campaign to hit double digits in the goal department. There was no further scoring over the last 33:30 of the contest. In the second game, Colby netted a goal in each period and kept Wesleyan off the board. Colby had a 16-5 edge in shots after 20 minutes but thanks to Corvi, the Mules netted just one goal. Wesleyan outshot Colby, 22-21, over the last two periods.
Wesleyan closes out the year with a home-and-home series vs. Trinity. On Fri., Feb. 15, the teams will face off in Hartford. On Sat., Feb. 16 the actkon moves to Middletown.