WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's hockey team took care of business on home ice Saturday and received some help from Trinity College as the Mules took a 6-1 win over Hamilton College to make the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs.
The Mules (6-16-2 overall, 3-12-1 NESCAC) were in a must-win situation against a team they lost to 4-0 on Friday. Colby also needed Trinity to defeat or tie Wesleyan University. The Mules got the help when the Bantams took a 2-0 victory.
Colby earns the eighth seed in the league playoffs and will play a quarterfinal game at top-seeded Middlebury College next Saturday at 1 p.m. Hamilton (10-13-1 overall, 7-9 NESCAC) is the fifth seed in the tourney and travels next Saturday for a 3 p.m. game at fourth-seeded Trinity.
The Mules finally put it together offensively after struggling most of the season with goal scoring. In fact, Colby had scored just six goals in its past seven games before the breakout on Saturday.
Lauren Guarente (Wellesley, Mass.), a first-year forward, scored the first two goals of the game at 9:25 and 15:58 of the opening period. Carolyn Fuwa (Wilmette, Ill.) had the assist on the first goal, while senior captain Marissa Simmons (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) had the assist on the second score. Simmons and teammate Hannah O'Brien (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) were each playing their final home game at Alfond Rink.
Samantha Slotnick (Canterbury, Conn.), Colby's leading scorer with six goals and seven assists for 13 points, made it 3-0 after one period with the first of her two goals from Meredith Reynolds (Marion, Mass.).
Reynolds and Slotnick had the assists on the lone second period goal by Caroline Chessare (Hopkinton, Mass.) at 17:30 of the period.
Hamilton's Gigi Fraser (Birmingham, Mich.) broke the shutout when she scored at 11:19 of the third period from Hannah Jaiven (Holland, Mich.).
The Mules closed out the scoring on Slotnick's second goal of the game from Chessare at 12 minutes and a final goal from Karlyn Donovan (Hamden, Conn.) from Simmons just 1:23 later.
Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario) stopped 36 shots in goal for the Mules, while Becca Hazlett (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) had 24 saves.
Colby 6, Hamilton 1
C: Lauren Guarente (Carolyn Fuwa), 9:25
C: Lauren Guarente (Marissa Simmons), 15:58
C: Samantha Slotnick (Meredith Reynolds), 16:28
C: Caroline Chessare (Samantha Slotnick, Meredith Reynolds), 17:30
H: Gigi Fraser (Hannah Jaiven), 11:19
C: Samantha Slotnick (Caroline Chessare), 12:00
C: Karlyn Donovan (Marissa Simmons), 13:23
Shots: Hamilton 37, Colby 30. Power play: Hamilton 0-2, Colby 0-2. Goalies: Becca Hazlett (Hamilton, 60:00, 6 GA, 24 saves); Brianne Wheeler (Colby, 60:00, 1 GA, 36 saves).
2012 Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Seeding
Quarterfinals – Saturday, Feb. 25 at higher seeds
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Middlebury – 1:00 p.m.
No. 7 Connecticut College at No. 2 Amherst – 1:00 p.m.
No. 6 Williams at No. 3 Bowdoin – 1:00 p.m.
No. 5 Hamilton at No. 4 Trinity – 3:00 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, March 3 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 4
Semifinal Winners – 2:00 p.m.
NOTE: If the Semifinals and Championship of the NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Championship are held at the same site as the NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, then the Semifinals will be on Saturday, March 3, at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.