Five Different Players Net a Goal as Cards Secure Another Win with a 5-2 Decision over Plymouth St.
Meeting for just the second time ever, Wesleyan opened up a 2-0 lead in the first period against visiting Plymouth St. Tues., Jan. 12 and never trailed the rest of the contest in coming away with a 5-2 non-conference win.
Wesleyan had five different goal scorers in the contest while two other players picked up a pair of assists each. Those were Rebecca Snelling '12 and Molly Friedemann '11. What proved to be the game-winning goal at 4:17 of the second period came off the stick of Heather Lindgren '11 (#19, photo) with the assists to Snelling and Friedemann as all three had pokes at the puck during a flurry in front of the Panther keeper. Wesleyan had a 61-20 edge in shots during the game.
With the score 3-2 in favor of Wesleyan following the a Plymouth goal at 8:02 of the second, that coming with two Wesleyan players in the penalty box as both Panther goals in the contest were power-play, Cardinal co-top goal-getter Jill Reynolds '12 tipped in a wrist shot from Julia Mulhern '12 to net her fourth goal of the season at 17:16 of the second period on the power play. That tied her with Becca Koppel '13, who scored Wesleyan's second goal, also her fourth of the campaign. With her assist, Mulhern maintained her team point leadership with six. Freshman Kelsey Muller scored her first career goal for Wesleyan as the lone score of the final stanza, coming unassisted off her own rebound. Sena Ito '11 put Wesleyan ahead for good at 9:37 of the first period.
In the Wesleyan net, Ashleigh Corvi '13 turned aside 18 Panthers scoring bids to post her first win of the season.
Wesleyan hosted NESCAC rival and fifth-ranked nationally Trinity in its next start Fri., Jan. 15. The Bantams outshot the Cardinals 61-8 en route to their second shutout vs. Wesleyan this season, 6-0. Four of the Bantams' six goal came during the power play. Corvi picked up 55 saves in the effort, the third time this season she has collected 50 or more saves in a contest.
Wesleyan moved out-of-conference for a game Tues., Jan. 19, playing at New England College. The Pilgrims scored a goal in each period behind a 46-17 shot advantage en route to a 3-1 victory in just the third meeting of the teams. NEC won in Middletown last year, 2-1 in overtime. Reynolds got the Cards on the board 5:30 into the third period to cut a 3-0 gap to two goals. It was her team-leading fifth goal of the year. Wesleyan pulled Corvi (43 saves) for the final 1:17 in an attempt to narrow the differential more, but the Pilgrims maintained their two-goal victory margin.
Wesleyan has a NESCAC weekend ahead as Colby comes to Middletown Fri., Jan. 22 followed by Bowdoin Sat., Jan. 23.