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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 19, 2011
WATERVILLE, Maine ---- Stephanie Scarpato (Osterville, Mass.) had her 100th career point and Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario) stopped 33 shots as the Colby College women's hockey team closed out the regular season with a 4-1 victory over Williams College on Saturday at Alfond Rink.
The Mules earned the seventh seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) playoffs and will play at second-seeded Amherst College next Saturday (time TBA) in a league quarterfinal game. Williams (4-16-1 overall, 3-12-1 NESCAC) is the eighth seed in the tourney and plays at top-seeded Middlebury College next Saturday at 4 p.m.
Scarpato, who was one of five seniors honored before the game, had one assist in the game to reach her 100-point milestone. She now has 42 goals and 58 assists in 96 games.
Colby moved to 9-15-0 overall and ended up 5-11-0 in the league. The Mules have improved by six wins over last year and had nine one-goal losses this year or the improvement could have been even better.
After making only four saves in the first period as the Mules took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Tasha Rivard (Newbury, Mass.) just 1:34 into the game, Wheeler stopped 14 shots in the second period and made saves on all 15 Williams shots in the final period.
The Mules went up 3-0 in the second period on goals by defenders Ally Kane (Montpelier, Vt.) and Meghan Tedoldi (Needham, Mass.). Kane's score came off the power play from Samantha Slotnick (Canterbury, Conn.) and Scarpato at 6:58. The Mules scored just 1:07 later when Tedoldi tallied off passes from Meryl Poulin (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Hannah O'Brien (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.).
Williams wasted no time off the ensuing face-off and scored just 12 seconds later when Kristen Tubbs (Garden City, N.Y.) tallied off a pass from Eliza Foster (Chatham, Mass.).
The Mules received an insurance goal at 10:02 of the third period off the stick of Caroline Chessare (Hopkinton, Mass.) for Colby's second power play goal and third from a defender. Liz Osgood (North Andover, Mass.) and Kathy Shei (Inverness, Ill.) had assists on the play.
Williams goalie Rachel Nguyen (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) had 30 saves.
Colby 4, Williams 1
C: Tasha Rivard, 1:34
C: Ally Kane (Samantha Slotnick, Stephanie Scarpato), 6:58, PP
C: Meghan Tedoldi (Meryl Poulin, Hannah O'Brien), 8:05
W: Kristen Tubbs (Eliza Foster), 8:17
C: Caroline Chessare (Liz Osgood, Kathy Shei), 10:02
Shots: Wiliams 34, Colby 34. Power play: Williams 0-6, Colby 2-6. Penalties: Williams 7-14, Colby 6-12. Goalies: Rachel Nguyen (Williams, 60:00, 4 GA, 30 saves); Brianne Wheeler (Colby, 60:00, 1 GA, 33 saves).
2011 Women's Ice Hockey Championship Seeding
Quarterfinals – Saturday, Feb. 26 at higher seeds
No. 8 Williams at No. 1 Middlebury – 4:00 p.m.
No. 7 Colby at No. 2 Amherst – TBA
No. 6 Hamilton at No. 3 Trinity – 3:00 p.m.
No. 5 Connecticut College at No. 4 Bowdoin – 4:00 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, March 5 at Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest remaining seed vs. Highest remaining seed – 1:00 p.m.
Remaining first round winners – 4:00 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, March 6
Semifinal Winners – 2:00 p.m.