Women’s Hockey Falls Short In Final Games, Miss Playoff Spot
In its final games of the regular season, the Wesleyan women’s hockey team came out on the losing end of a weekend series against the Bantams of Trinity College. The Cards dropped a 4-1 contest on Friday night at home before suffering a 3-0 loss in Saturday’s rematch in Hartford. Saturday’s loss, combined with a 6-1 win by Colby College over Hamilton this past weekend, knocked the Cardinals out of contention for the final spot in the NESCAC playoffs.
Wesleyan held the Bantams to a tenuous 1-0 advantage for most of Friday night’s game after surrendering a goal midway through the first period. Both teams traded possession throughout the second period, with neither team able to find the back of the net against strong goaltending on both sides. Trinity held onto its fragile lead until halfway through the third period when the Bantams erupted for three goals in a five-minute span to give themselves a comfortable 4-0 lead. Wesleyan managed to get one back as a shot from Cara Jankowski ’15 found the back of the net, but the Cardinals could not answer with more as Trinity came away with a 4-1 victory.
With a spot in NESCACs on the line, Saturday’s rematch at Trinity took on renewed importance for the Cardinals. Mounting a strong defensive stand led by 30 saves from goalie Ashleigh Corvi ’13, Wesleyan kept the Bantams scoreless until late in the game. While the Cardinals struggled to find their offensive spark, Trinity took control of the game with ten minutes remaining, scoring three late goals to record a 3-0 victory. The loss, coupled with Colby’s win over Hamilton, ended Wesleyan’s playoff hopes, as they finished the season with a record of 4-20. 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.