Cara Jankowski ’15 scored the go-ahead goal and assisted on two others to lead the Wesleyan women’s ice hockey squad to a 4-1 road victory over Nichols College on Tuesday night. With the win, the Cardinals improved to 2-4 as they prepare themselves to take on Sacred Heart University this weekend in their last games of the semester.
Wesleyan got on the board first in the matchup, taking the lead seven minutes in as Glenn Hartman-Mattson ’14 put in a rebound behind the Bison goalie with Sydney Morgan ’14 and Mackenzie McPike ’15 assisting on the play. The lead didn't last long, however, as Nichols answered with a power-play goal just a minute later for a tied score that would hold for the rest of the first period.
The Cardinals stepped up the offensive pressure in the second period with a 14-9 shot advantage, but both teams were left searching for the go-ahead goal as the clock wound down. Wesleyan would find that goal just 46 seconds into the third period, as Jankowski scored her first career goal on a rebound with assists from co-captain Jill Reynolds ’12 and Becca Koppel ’13.
The Cardinals pulled away from the Bison in the third period, adding two more goals to cap off their offensive outburst. Jankowski and Hannah Jellinek ’15 provided assists as Alicia White ’15 scored her first career goal for the Cardinals nine minutes into the period. Reynolds finished off the scoring for Wes with just three minutes remaining, notching her second goal of the year with assists from Jankowski and co-captain M.J. Cardin ’12. Wesleyan goalie Ashleigh Corvi ’13 made the 4-1 score stick, as she totaled 28 saves in the contest.
The Cardinals look to finish off the first half of their 2011-2012 campaign this weekend as they hit the road for a game against Sacred Heart University on Friday night before returning to Middletown for a rematch with the Pioneers on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.