Connecticut College 5, Hamilton College 4
Kirker´s Two Third Period Shorthanded Goals Lift Camels to NESCAC Win
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Kelsey Kirker (Milton, Vt.) potted a pair of shorthanded goals in the third period, lifting the Connecticut College Camels (7-12-2, 4-7-2) to a 5-4 victory against Hamilton College (8-9-3, 3-7-3) in NESCAC women´s hockey action played at Dayton Arena Friday. Celia Medeiros (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Samantha Shuffenecker (Oswego, N.Y.) each contributed with a goal and an assist for the hosts, who were 3-for-6 on their power play in the triumph.
Ariel DiPasquale (Whitestone, N.Y.) added two assists for the winning side while line-mate Ashleigh Kowtoniuk (Johnstown, Pa.) chipped in with her seventh goal of the season for the Camels. Senior net-minder Sara Christopher (Andover, Mass.) finished with 25 saves in the victory.
Hamilton College freshman Katie Zimmerman (Plymouth, Mich.) scored a pair of goals to lead the visitors in the setback. Becky Cairns (Andover, Mass.) and Stephanie Miguel (Maple, Ontario) chipped in with scores for the Continentals. Becca Hazlett (Grosse Pointe Park , Mich.) stopped 29 shots in the loss.
Trailing 2-1 in the second, the Camels used their special teams to get on the scoreboard. With 10:49 remaining, the Camels tied the game at two. Shuffenecker launched a bomb from the blue line. Hazlett was able to get a piece of it but Kowtoniuk tipped in the rebound on Hazlett´s stick side at the left post for the goal. Celia Medeiros also assisted on the score.
The Camels took the lead for good with 6:50 remaining in the middle period. Ariel DiPasquale was able to push the puck along the boards to Medeiros near the right circle. Medeiros skated around her defender and found the top shelf for the power play marker.
In the early stages of the third period, Kirker intercepted a pass near the blue line on the penalty kill and buried a shorthanded goal to make it a 4-2 game. But Hamilton did not go away and Zimmerman got one back with 6:57 remaining to make it a 4-3 score.
The Continentals had one last chance to tie the game when the Camels were sent to the box with 1:43 remaining. Hamilton used a timeout to empty its goal and gain a two woman advantage in the Camel offensive zone.
But Connecticut College was able to skate off the penalty and Kirker added a second shorty with 27 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.
The Camels were able to hold on for the 5-4 victory. The two teams will play again Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
February 12, 2010