Women’s Hockey struggles in road trip to Connecticut College

Traveling to New London, Connecticut this weekend, the Colby women’s hockey team lost both of their games against NESCAC rival and ninth nationally ranked Connecticut College. The two losses keep Colby at the bottom of the NESCAC women’s hockey standings and continues an eight-game losing streak in all competitions and a 13-game losing streak in NESCAC play. Meanwhile, the formidable Conn. College team moved up the NESCAC ladder into first place.

In the first game of the double header between Colby and Conn. on Friday, Colby held the high powered Camels scoreless through the first period thanks to 12 saves from Hannah Insuik ’17. The Mules held on to a 0-0 score for almost half of regulation, but nine minutes into the second period and 29 minutes into the half, Conn’s Ashley Anctil broke the deadlock. The Camels would follow up with two more goals in the period from Michaela Igo and Stephanie Izzi. Midway through the third period, the Camels put the game away for good with goals from Elena Gualtieri and sophomore Jordan Cross.

The Mules were limited to a meager three shots on goal in each of the first two periods but would open fire with 10 shots on goal in the last period. Freshman Cassidy Holzer scored an unassisted goal with four minutes left while Colby was shorthanded—having one fewer player on the ice than Conn had. The game ended with the score 5-1 in favor of Conn.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Colby’s goalie Halley Fine ’20 racked up 23 saves in the first two periods. Yet, the Mules still struggled to get shots on net, putting only 12 on the Conn keeper through three periods. Conn College freshman Sammi Estes would score twice, and the Camels cruised to a 5-0 victory.

Despite the slew of recent losses, captain Katie Mclaughlin ’17 has a positive message and conviction heading into the final games of the year.

The senior forward believes that “while our team has been aware of our place in the standings, we haven’t let that discourage us. We leave games focusing on areas where we can improve, but also on positive aspects of our play that we can carry into the next game. Despite our losing record, we have continued to put in work during practice and off the ice. This season has been full of lessons learned and we’ll be better for it in the weeks and seasons to come because we have remained focused on and optimistic about the future rather than dwelling on the past.”

The Mules have their final two NESCAC games away at Middlebury this weekend and then host their last two homes games of the year versus Southern Maine and Becker next Tuesday and Saturday the respectively.

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