Making 19 stops in the first period to keep it a 1-0 game, Ashleigh Corvi '13 (#35, photo) finished the contest with 41 saves as Wesleyan fell to seventh-ranked Middlebury, 6-0, Fri., Jan. 28 in the first of two games during a NESCAC home weekend. Up next was Little Three rival Williams in a game scheduled for a webcast Sat., Jan. 29.
It took Middlebury, which extended its win streak over Wesleyan to nine games and remained unbeaten all-time vs. Wesleyan (43-0-3), nearly the entire first period to crack through Corvi protection. A power-play goal with 2:26 left gave the visitors a 1-0 lead. Three goals in the second stanza pushed the differential to 4-0 and a pair of markers in the last period, one coming via the power-play as Middlebruy went 2-for-6 with the extra skater, accounted for the final score. The Panthers generated a substantial 47-5 advantage in the shot department.
Facing Williams for the second time this year, Wesleyan hoped to get into the win column in NESCAC play after falling to the Ephs, 4-2, in Williamstown, Mass. back on Jan. 8. The Cardinals were looking to end a nine-game winless streak vs. Williams (0-7-2) since last coming out ahead Jan 21, 2006 in Middletown, 2-1. It wasn't to be despite a tight 2-1 Williams lead heading into the final moments. The Ephs knocked home their third goal of the game with just 1:35 remaining after a Cardinal turnover in the defensive end and added another tally with :17 left to take a 4-1 victory.
Corvi picked up 31 stops as Williams came through with a 35-19 shot margin. Down 2-0 heading into the final period, Wesleyan got a much-needed goal from Kelsey Muller '13 with 10:30 on the clock as she tucked in a shot from in close on the left after a pass from M.J. Cardin '12. Looking to pull Corvi for an extra skater down the stretch in search of the equalizer, Wesleyan made a costly error leading to a 3-1 Williams lead. Thus, the Ephs locked up their 10th staight game vs. Wesleyan without a loss.
The next action for the Cardinals was a trip to Trinity Sat., Feb. 5 for the first of two contests with their travel partner. The second meeting will come up Tues., Feb. 15, at Rentschler Field, home of UConn football, as part of Hartford HockeyFest activities. For details on the HockeyFest activity and registration to attend all the events, please click < here >.
At Trinity Feb. 5, the Bantams, ranked ninth nationally, racked up a 40-15 shot advantage and lit the lamp four times, twice during the power-play, to defeat Wesleyan, 4-0. It was Trinity's eighth consecutive victory over Wesleyan. Corvi, as usual, was a bright spot with her 36 saves.
Before the Cardinals and Bantams lock horns again at Rentschler Field, Wesleyan will attempt to make up a game vs. Sacred Heart on a date TBA and host its Maine NESCAC rivals Bowdoin and Colby during a league weekend Fri., Feb. 11 and Sat., Feb. 12, respectively.