Nicole Bonneau '13 Makes 31 Saves in First Start of the Year but Salve Takes 2-0 Decision, Followed by Tough 4-1 NESCAC Loss at Bowdoin
Making her first start of the season and 10th of her career, Nicole Bonneau '13 (#30, photo) came up with 31 saves against visiting Salve Regina Tues., Jan. 10, but an early second period goal by the Seahawks proved to be the difference in the game as Salve skated away with a 2-0 triumph. Next up for the Cardinals was the first contest of a two-game series at Bowdoin in NESCAC action Fri., Jan. 13. The second game Sat., Jan. 14, like the first, will feature a webcast and LiveStats which can be viewed by clicking < here >. Bowdoin took the meeting, 4-1, behind three power-play goals.
After a scoreless first period, Salve broke the tie 1:05 into the second stanza, scoring from the slot after getting the puck to the middle from the left side. The score remained unchanged for the more than 38 minutes as each team failed to score on its five power-play chances. With 1:34 left in the third period, Bonneau was pulled for an extra skater and despite some decent pressure in the Salve end, the Cardinals could not find the tying goal and Salve added an empty-net goal on a long shot from its own blue line with just eight second to go, clinching the 2-0 decision.
The meeting was the fifth ever between the two squads and first in the last three years. Salve now holds a 3-2 edge.
At Bowdoin, the Cardinals and Polar Bears entered the third period deadlocked at 1-1 before Bowdoin scored its lone even-strength goal of the contest at 3:18 to take the lead for good, 2-1. Two power-play goals, the first at 12:27 with Bowdoin skating with a two-player edge, and the second with just 15 seconds left, made it a 4-1 final. Kelsey Muller '13 netted Wesleyan's goal at 11:53 of the opening stanza, giving her the team lead in goals this year with six. MJ Cardin '12 and Jill Reynolds '12 set up the tally which spotted Wesleyan a 1-0 lead before Bowdoin evened the count at 18:41 with a power-play marker. Bowdoin had a 37-23 margin in shots as Ashleigh Corvi '13 turned aside 33 shots.