Jordan Schildhaus '15 Scores Twice, Including Tying Goal with :15 Left, as Women's Hockey Ties Trinity - Still Eyeing NESCAC Home Game
Jordan Schildhaus '15 (#19, photo) scored her second goal of the game with just :15 left in regulation with Wesleyan's goalie on the bench in favor of the sixth skater to send the game with Trinity Fri., Feb. 21 into overtime as the Cardinals and Bantams skated to a 3-3 deadlock in a game with tremendous NESCAC playoff implications. As a result, the winner of the Wesleyan-Trinity rematch in Hartford Sat., Feb. 22 to end the regular season will earn the fourth seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament and host a first-round tournament game Sat., March 1. This comes about due to a Bowdoin loss against Amherst, 3-1. Wesleyan, Trinity and Bowdoin began the night in a three-way tie for fourth place. Wesleyan and Trinity now are tied for fourth, one point ahead of Bowdoin. Should Wesleyan and Trinity tie again tomorrow and Bowdoin win vs. Amherst, Bowdoin will get fourth place.
Abby Rutt '17 began the play for Wesleyan's tying goal as she wound the puck along the boards on the left side to Ellery Sarosi '17 behind the net. Sarosi sent a centering pass just left of the goal to Shildhaus for a one-timer from close range, giving her eight goals on the season. She picked up her seventh to tie the game at 11:32 of the third period with a high wrist shot from just inside the blue line during a Wesleyan power play after taking a pass from Jess Brennan '17 from the right circle. That made the score 2-2, but Trinity countered just 59 seconds later on a great individual rush into the Wesleyan zone on the right with one defender back, using the defender as a screen and sending a low shot to the far side past Wesleyan goalie Corinne Rivard '16 (24 saves).
Wesleyan had drawn first blood when Glenn Hartman-Mattson '14 received a centering pass from Brennan behind the net on the right and one-timed a shot into the net. The score came at 11:57 and gave Hartman-Mattson three markers on the year. Trinity tied the game at 16:17, finishing off a breakaway by drawing Rivard out and tucking the puck in tight on the right before the Bantams took the lead only 1:08 later when the Bantams got to a loose puck after a point shot was blocked and whisked a backhander into the net from the high slot. The score remained unchanged for more than 34 minutes.
In overtime, with the teams skating four-on-four, Wesleyan generated a 9-3 edge in shots, making it a 36-27 margin for the game, and had a power play for the final 42 seconds but couldn't unbreak the tie.
Wesleyan ended a 13-game losing streak to Trinity, dating back to Nov. 17, 2006, the last Wesleyan win in the series controlled by Trinity, 17-12-2. The Cardinals also accomplished something never before achieved in the history of NESCAC double-round-robin action. With the tie, Wesleyan has registered either a win or a tie against every NESCAC rival over the course of the season. Never before has Wesleyan picked up at least one point in the standings vs. all eight NESCAC foes.
With her two assists, Brennan upped her seasonal point total to 21, equalling the highest figure by a Cardinal since Jessica Fischer collected 21 points during the 2004-05 campaign.