MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Annie Papadellis and Carolyn Fuwa both scored goals for the Colby College women's hockey team, but Wesleyan University fought back from a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 win over the Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Friday night.
Wesleyan junior goaltender Ashleigh Corvi (Barrington, R.I.) recorded 32 saves, including 11 in a frantic third period that saw Colby with a substantial territorial advantage.
Wesleyan (4-17, 3-10 NESCAC), which won its second straight, can clinch its first NESCAC Championship berth since 2004 with a win in the rematch Saturday at 3 p.m. Colby fell to 4-15-2 and 1-11-1 in conference play and must win tomorrow to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Freshman Jordan Schildhaus (Woodbury, N.Y.) netted the game-winner for Wesleyan 4:13 into the third period. Colby sophomore netminder Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario) stopped a shot from the point but could not control the rebound, and players from both teams converged on the crease. Schildhaus knocked it in for her team-high eighth goal and second game-winner of the season.
After a scoreless first period, both teams lit the lamp in the opening minute of the second. Wesleyan jumped on the board just 28 seconds in with a tally from junior Kelsey Muller (Sunapee, N.H.). Wheeler stopped a shot from the right side, but senior Jill Reynolds (Medina, Minn.) sent the rebound to Muller in the slot, and Muller shot the puck into an open net.
Colby answered just 29 seconds later as Papadellis (Hopkinton, Mass.) netted her team-high fourth goal. Papadellis redirected a point shot by freshman Lauren Guarente (Wellesley, Mass.) with 57 seconds gone to even the score.
Freshman Carolyn Fuwa (Wilmette, Ill.) put Colby up 2-1 with 3:33 gone in the second. Fuwa put home the rebound of a shot by freshman Maddy Borek (Durham, N.H.) for her second goal. Wesleyan responded at the 18:36 mark, as a shot from the right circle by junior Becca Koppel (Huntington Beach, Calif.) clanked off the left post and deflected off of Wheeler and in.
Wheeler finished with 16 saves in the Colby net, as the visitors held a 34-19 edge in shots. Colby leads the all-time series 20-6-1.
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