Jessica Brennan '17 Picks Perfect Time for First Career Goal as Cardinals Skate Past Williams, 4-3, But Ephs Capture Rematch, 6-2
Making just her third career start, Laura Corcoran '16 (#30, main photo) turned aside 33 Williams shots in backstopping Wesleyan to a 4-3 Little Three/NESCAC victory over the Ephs Fri, Nov. 15 in the season opener. The Cardinals have now defeated the Ephs once in each of the last three seasons. Wesleyan was hoping to secure its first season series sweep since taking a pair from Williams during the 1997-98 season as the teams concluded their two-game series Sat., Nov. 16, but the Ephs netted three late goals to blow open a tight game and win, 6-2.
Newcomer Jessica Brennan '17 (#23, photo insert upper right) broke a 2-2 deadlock in the opener at Williams with just 1:38 to go in the third period, connecting on a power-play goal off assists from Abigail Rutt '17 and Cara Jankowski '15 (#9, photo insert lower right). When Williams yanked its keeper in search of the equalizer with one miniutue to play, Glenn Hartman-Mattson slid one into the open net with :37 on the clock to pad Wesleyan's lead to 4-2. It proved to be the game-winner as the Ephs scored with only one second remaining.
Jankowski, Brennan and Jordan Schildhaus '15 all finished the game with a goal and an assist, providing most of the firepower in front of Corcoran. Jankowski's short-handed goal at 6:09 of the first period, combined with Schildhaus' marker at 7:45 of the second spotted Wesleyan a 2-0 cushion before the Ephs fought back to tie the game with 8:25 left in the third period on a power-play goal. Brennan untied the game with 31 seconds left on the fourth Williams penalty of the game. Wesleyan killed off its first six short-handed situations, including skating a man down for six of the final 7:30 of the second period, before the Ephs capitalized on the seventh in the latter stages of the contest.
In the rematch, the score favored Wesleyan 2-0 early in the third period as the Cardinals got goals from Brennan and Rutt, with Brennan converting on a penalty shot at 15:38 of the first period after a Cardinal was tripped from behind on a breakaway. Rutt added her second of the season off assists from Jankowski and Brennan, who now has four points through two games. But the Ephs beat Cardinal keeper Corinne Rivard '16 three times in a span of 3:48 to go ahead 3-2 with 12:24 to go. Williams then added a power-play goal with 3:45 remaining for a 4-2 edge, knocked in an empty-net goal with 1:39 left and got its third power-play goal of the contest with just :08 to play. Rivard ended the game with 32 stops.
Wesleyan hosts Amherst for a pair of games Fri. and Sat., Nov. 22 and 23 to begin the home season.