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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 10, 2013
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's hockey team clinched a New England Small College Athletic Conference playoff spot and won for the fourth straight time after taking a 3-0 win over Wesleyan University on Sunday at Alfond Rink.
The Mules move to 10-12 overall and 4-10 in conference play, while Wesleyan falls to 6-15 overall and 2-12 in the league. Colby closes out the regular season next Saturday and Sunday at Hamilton College. The Mules could move up higher in the conference standings with wins at Hamilton.
Colby goaltender Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ont.) and the defense in front of her were once again the key element for the Mules. Colby has allowed just 10 goals in the last eight games and only four goals during the current winning streak.
The Mules scored their first goal of the game after Annie Papadellis (Hopkinton, Mass.) used her speed to draw a Wesleyan penalty. Colby's Carolyn Fuwa (Wilmette, Ill.) hit a shot that was knocked down in front of the cage. A wild scramble for the puck ensued and Maddie Dewhirst (Hanover, N.H.) poked in what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 16:34 of the first period. Wesleyan argued that Dewhirst kicked the puck in the net during the scramble, but the goal stood.
Colby drew a face-off in Wesleyan's end and scored just seconds later when Jackie Tavella (East Longmeadow, Mass.) ripped a shot from between the circles into the upper part of the goal off a pass from Lauren Guarente (Wellesley, Mass.) at 9:37 of the second period.
Megan Fortier (Falmouth, Maine) scored her sixth goal of the season and moved her point total to a team-leading 14 with a goal at 16:24 of the final period. Tavella made a nifty move to avoid traffic and slid a backhand pass across the goal, where Fortier was able to knock in the puck with a defender on her back.
Wheeler made 12 of her 27 saves in the third period to record her sixth career shutout. Her save percentage is up to .924 this season.
Wesleyan goalie Ashleigh Corvi (Barrington, R.I.) kept the Cardinals in the game with 28 of her 34 saves in the opening two periods.
Colby seniors Kathy Shei (Iverness, Ill.), Ally Kane (Montpelier, Vt.), Caroline Chessare (Baltimore, Md.), and Meredith Reynolds (Marion, Mass.) all played their final home game. Shei and Kane are captains along with Wheeler.
Colby 3, Wesleyan 0
Colby: Maddie Dewhirst (Carolyn Fuwa), 16:34
Colby: Jackie Tavella (Lauren Guarente), 9:37
Colby: Megan Fortier (Jackie Tavella), 16:24
Shots: Wesleyan 27, Colby 37. Power play: Wesleyan 0-3, Colby 1-4. Penalties/Minutes: Wesleyan 4/8, Colby 3/6. Goalies: Ashleigh Corvi (Wesleyan, 60:00, 3 GA, 34 saves); Brianne Wheeler (Colby, 60:00, 0 GA, 27 saves).