Women's ice hockey shuts out Wesleyan
Becky Cairns ‘11 scored two goals and Stephanie Miguel ’11 had three assists to lead Hamilton College to a 4-0 victory against Wesleyan University in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Feb. 19.
Miguel earned her 100th career point with her second assist. She is the sixth player in program history to reach the milestone. Miguel missed the first eight games of the season with a hand injury, but still leads the team with 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists).
Abby Runyon ’13 chipped in one goal and one assist for the Continentals (11-13-0 overall, 6-10 NESCAC). Miguel and Runyon lead the team with 12 assists. Nikki Haskins ‘14 helped the offense with one goal.
Lesley Ryder '11 stopped all 14 shots she faced to post her second collegiate shutout. Hamilton, which ended its losing streak at three games, has two shutouts this season. The Continentals blanked Wesleyan 3-0 back on Nov. 28, 2010.
Runyon scored her sixth goal 5:12 into the first period off a pass from Miguel to give Hamilton a 1-0 lead. Haskins made the score 2-0 with her sixth goal during a power play at 9:23 in the first. Meredith Bitterman ‘12 and Hannah Jaiven ‘14 both tallied assists.
Wesleyan (2-20-1, 0-16-0) had its best scoring opportunity early in the second period when Julia Mulhern ‘12 was stopped on a breakaway. The Cardinals finished the season with a 12-game losing skid.
After a scoreless second period, Hamilton clinched the victory with two more goals in the third. Cairns scored 10:18 into the period off assists by Runyon and Miguel for a 3-0 cushion. Cairns notched her seventh goal with 3:22 left. Miguel and Christie Sharlow ’11 were credited with assists.
Hamilton enjoyed a 59-14 shot advantage and was 1-for-4 on the power play. The Cardinals had no power-play opportunities. Nicole Bonneau ‘13 started in goal for the Cardinals, and allowed two goals on 20 shots. Ashleigh Corvi ‘13 relieved Bonneau after the first period. Corvi stopped 35 of the 37 shots she faced.
Hamilton travels to nationally ranked No. 8 Trinity College for a NESCAC championship quarterfinal game on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Continentals are the No. 6 seed and Trinity is No. 3. Hamilton lost twice to the Bantams this season by identical 3-1 scores. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.