Tavella, defense lift women's hockey past NEC

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 5, 2013
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Jackie Tavella had the game-winning goal Tuesday. (Dustin Satloff Photography)

HENNIKER, N.H. --- Colby College's Jackie Tavella picked the perfect time to score her first goal of the season and the Mules' defense once again was strong in a 2-1 victory over New England College in non-conference women's hockey Tuesday night.

Tavella, who plays on defense, has joined forces with captains Kathy Shei, Ally Kane, goalie Brianne Wheeler, and others to stifle the opponent over the past six games. Colby has allowed just nine goals during that time.

The defense should be a key again when the Mules (8-12 overall) play host to Wesleyan University in two important New England Small College Athletic Conference games on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.

With just 6:28 to play in the game and the score knotted at 1-1, Tavella picked up a loose puck in the Pilgrim zone and lifted a shot over the shoulder of NEC goaltender Kristen Conners.

The Pilgrims (7-9-5 overall) scored the lone goal of the first period as Madyson Moore scored off a rebound off the initial shot by Morgan Braniff.

Colby first-year forward Megan Fortier scored her fifth goal of the season at 13:14 when she deflected in a shot by teammate Lauren Guarente. Elisa Rascia picked up her first collegiate assist on the play.

The Pilgrims finished the night 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Mules were 1-for-5. NEC held a slight 35-29 advantage in shots.

Wheeler made 15 of her 34 saves in the second period for Colby. Conners was solid in net for NEC with 27 stops. 

Colby 2, New England College 1

Colby  0#1#1----2

NEC  1#0#0----1

1st period

NEC: Madyson Moore (Morgan Braniff, Chelsie Boroski), 8:14

2nd period

C: Megan Fortier (Lauren Guarente, Elisa Rascia), 13:14

3rd period

C: Jackie Tavella, 13:32

     Shots: Colby 29, NEC 35. Power play: Colby 1-5, NEC 1-7. Penalties/Minutes: Colby 7/14, NEC 5/10. Goalies: Brianne Wheeler (Colby, 59:53, 1 GA, 34 saves; Kristen Connors (NEC, 59:34, 2 GA, 27 saves).

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