W. Hockey falls in close games

Despite high expectations, this past weekend did not end as well as the Mules hoped, with Women’s Hockey suffering a pair of close 2-1 losses to the Connecticut College Camels.

Beginning with a Friday night match on home ice, the Mules opened strong, with the first two periods marked by back and forth play. Neither team was able to break the deadlock, largely due to dominant goalkeeping from both sides. Both keepers were impressive throughout the game, with Colby goalkeeper Angela Crites ’16 making 27 saves, 16 of them in the first period, while the Camels’ goalie Katherine Chester had 16 saves, ten in the first.

The score remained deadlocked throughout the second period and into the third. Conn. College’s Paige Michel then put the first points on the board as she slid a shot into the Mules’ goal 8:56 into the third period, assisted by Lily Connolly. The game was far from over. The Mules quickly regrouped, launching a series of attacks that culminated in an unassisted goal from Sasha Fritts ’18 at 10:27, tying the score at 1-1 as the game went into its final minutes.

Unfortunately for the Mules, however, Conn. rallied yet again, with Ashley Anctil scoring her ninth goal of the season with just under five minutes to play, sealing the score at 2-1 in the Camels’ favor.

With Friday night’s loss fresh on their minds, for their second game of the weekend, the Mules hoped to avoid a similar fate and break Conn’s four-game winning streak.m The Camels, however, again proved their strength on the ice, holding the Mules to another 2-1 loss. Saturday’s game opened much like Friday’s, with a scoreless first period marked by skillful goaltending. The Mules, playing much more offensively than the previous night, then went on to break the deadlock in the second period, as Bre Davis ’16 scored a short-handed goal at 6:22. Despite hard work on defense in an effort to maintain their lead, Conn’s offense managed to slip through, scoring with 2:43 left in the second to put the score at 1-1 going into the final period.

Though the Mules were admirable on both offense and defense throughout the third period, the Camels broke through, with Stephanie Izzi scoring the winning goal at 1:32 in the third.

The Mules continued their attack right until the final whistle, but to no avail, with the game ending at 2-1 in the Camels’ favor. The results of the weekend, especially Saturday’s game, do not reflect the strength of display put on by the Mules, who led Saturday’s shot count 35 to Conn’s 18, a statistic largely negated by the performance of Camel’s net-minder Chester, who managed an impressive 34 saves.

Mules’ goalkeeper Hannah Insuik ’17 commented on the loss. “I’m really proud of how hard my team played. They came out really strong and did some great things. I just wished the puck had bounced our way a few more times,” she said, reflecting the hard work put in by the team. After a tough weekend, the Mules are looking for a win in their upcoming home match against Middlebury at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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