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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 9, 2013
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College's defense has allowed just 10 goals in the past seven games and came up big again Saturday night in an important 2-1 win over Wesleyan University in New England Small College Athletic Conference women's hockey at Alfond Rink.
The Mules, winners of three straight games, and Wesleyan are battling for a playoff spot and came into the game with identical 2-10 records in the league. Colby moves to 9-12 overall and 3-10, while the Cardinals fall to 6-14 and 2-11. The two teams meet again Sunday at 2 p.m.
Colby goaltender Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ont.) finished with 15 of her 30 saves in the second period when the Cardinals put 16 of their 31 shots on goal. Wesleyan goalie Ashleigh Corvi (Barrington, R.I.) also played well and made 25 saves.
The Mules' Lauren Guarente (Wellesley, Mass.) scored her sixth goal of the season at 15:40 of the first period when she scored from the left side of the goal. Ellen Rascia (Park Ridge, Ill.) and Megan Fortier (Falmouth, Maine) had assists on the score. Rascia battled with a Wesleyan defender in front of the goal and the puck squirted loose to Guarente on the left side.
The Mules made it 2-0 just 1:01 later when Carolyn Fuwa (Wilmette, Ill.) scored her first goal of the season from fellow defender Ally Kane (Montpelier, Vt.) and Fortier. Fortier is up to eight assists in her first year with Colby. The goal again came from the left side of the goal.
Wesleyan went on the power play at 6:26 of the second period and needed just four seconds to cut the deficit to 2-1. Cara Jankowski (Elkins, N.H.) won the face-off to Jordan Schildhaus (Woodbury, N.Y.) on the right side of the left circle in Colby's end. Schildhaus ripped a low shot past Wheeler for her 10th goal of the season.
Neither team had great scoring chances in the third period. After pulling Corvi with 1:05 to play, Wesleyan's best chance for the equalizer was a backhand attempt in front from Glenn Hartman-Mattson (Ely, Minn.) that went wide right with 35 seconds left.
Colby 2, Wesleyan 1
Colby: Lauren Guarente (Elisa Rascia, Megan Fortier), 15:40
Colby: Carolyn Fuwa (Ally Kane, Megan Fortier), 16:41
Wesleyan: Jordan Schildhaus (Cara Jankowski), 6:30
Shots: Wesleyan 31, Colby 27. Power play: Wesleyan 1-4, Colby 0-2. Penalties/Minutes: Wesleyan 2/4, Colby 4/8. Goalies: Ashleigh Corvi (Wesleyan, 58:55, 2 GA, 25 saves); Brianne Wheeler (Colby, 60:00, 1 GA, 30 saves).