Julia Heffelfinger '11 & MJ Cardin '12 Back Ashleigh Corvi's '13 Netminding in 2-1 Win over Colby
Julia Heffelfinger '11 (#6, photo insert lower left courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) got the Cardinals on the board at 11:55 of the first period while Wesleyan was enjoying a two-man advantage during its NESCAC game vs. Colby Fri., Jan. 22. Just 22 second later, M.J. Cardin '12 (#25, photo insert upper left courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) made it a 2-0 Wesleyan lead before the power-play had expired. The goalie work of Ashleigh Corvi '13 (#21, main photo) made the lead hold up as she logged 36 saves and allowed just one goal with under six minutes remaining as the Cards ended a nine-game losing streak to Colby with a 2-1 win. It was the squad's initial conference triumph of the season.
Heffelfinger and Cardin each netted their first goal of the season. Heffelfinger scored off a rebound of her own shot from the left side with Rebecca Snelling '12 and Cardin getting the assists. Cardin made it a two-point game as she pushed a shot into the net with the assists credited to Izzy Huston '10 and Jill Reynolds '12. On the play, Huston deflected a point shot by Reynolds into the left post, and Cardin tracked down the rebound.
Corvi carried a shutout into the final period and held the Mules off the board until the visitors lit the lamp with 5:54 remaining on a power-play goal of their own. Colby pulled its goalie for the final 30 seconds looking to gain a tie as the Mules entered the game with five deadlocks on the season. Wesleyan repelled the attack and came away a winner.
Wesleyan faced Bowdoin to wrap up the home NESCAC weekend Sat. Jan. 23. Bowdoin rolled to a 7-0 win behind a 59-13 shot differential. The Polar Bears extended their unbeaten streak vs. Wesleyan to 21 games (20-0-1) over the last 12 years. With her 52 saves, Corvi exceeded 50 stops in a game for the fourth time this year.
The Cardinals were off to Little Three rival Williams for their next outing Sat., Jan. 30. The Cardinals performed better than the first meeting vs. the Ephs but still came out on the short end of a 2-0 count. The game was scoreless after the first period, much as it was the first time the teams met. Williams broke the ice this time midway through the second frame. It stood as the game's lone goal until just 3:03 remained when the Ephs put home the insurance goal. Wesleyan still pulled its keeper Corvi for the final minute but to no avail. Corvi closed out the game with 37 stops.
Things unraveled a bit for Wesleyan as it completed its road NESCAC weekend at Middlebury Sun., Jan. 31. The Panthers rolled to a 9-0 victory with a 35-7 shot differential. Middlebury scored on each of its four power-play chances, had a 3-0 lead after one period, 5-0 through two and added four in the third. Corvi had 21 saves and allowed six goals. Nicole Bonneau '13 played the final 27 minutes, making five saves with three goals allowed.
Wesleyan plays at Nichols Wed., Feb. 3 in a non-conference game next.