Corinne Rivard '16 Makes Career-Best 38 Saves, Jessica Brennan '17 Has Goal & Assist but Two Late Goals Gives SRU 3-2 Win
Visiting Salve Regina led for only 46 seconds during its matchup against non-conference rival Wesleyan Tues, Dec. 3, but it was long enough to skate away with a 3-2 victory in the final game of the first semester for Wesleyan. Wesleyan plays again at home Fri., Jan. 3 against St. Catherine's of Minnesota.
Wesleyan assumed a 1-0 lead at 17:24 of the second period when Jordan Schildhaus '15 stuffed in the rebound of a junior Cara Jankowski '15 shot that had been saved by the Seahawk keeper. Jankowski's shot came after a crossing pass from Jessica Brennan '17 (#23 main photo). The goal came on the power play and was the second goal of the season for Schildhaus. Salve tied the game just 1:17 later when the Seahawks threw the puck toward the Wesleyan net from several feet below the goal line on the left side. The puck hit the back of Rivard's pad and ricocheted into the goal.
Wesleyan regained the lead with 7:10 to play on a perfectly placed slapshot from the right circle by Brennan, her team-best fourth goal of the campaign, that went in just inside the right post waist high after receiving a cross-ice pass from Jankowski, again with Wesleyan on the power play.
Salve owned a decisive 41-10 edge in shots on goal despite finding itself trailing 1-0 and 2-1 before tying the game with 2:50 to go in the third period, then grabbing its first lead with :46 left. The tying goal came after the puck was sent up the middle into center ice where a Salve forward caught up to it in stride between two Wesleyan defenders, put on a burst and went in alone on Wesleyan keeper Corinne Rivard '16 (#1, photo insert upper right), tucking the puck just inside the right post low. The game-winner came with after Salve took a shot from in close on the right that hit the outside of the net, but caromed toward the right circle where a Seahawk was the first on the scene and snapped a rising wrist shot into the middle of the net.
Rivard finished the game, just her fourth career start, with a career-best 38 saves. She had 33 and 32 in her first two starts this year.