Women's ice hockey blanks Wesleyan for first win

Tori Bogen '14 posted a shutout in her first collegiate start in goal and Hamilton College won 3-0 against Wesleyan University in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game at Wesleyan's Spurrier-Snyder Rink on Nov. 28.

Bogen needed to make just 15 saves as Hamilton enjoyed a 40-15 shot advantage. The Continentals (1-4-0 overall, 1-3 NESCAC) had scored a total of three goals in their first four games this season. Wesleyan (0-4-0, 0-4) has tallied one goal in four games thus far.

Bret Lineberry '11 gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead on her first goal this season with 1:13 left in the first period. Lineberry's low shot from in close through a screen on the left side beat the goalie to the long side. The goal followed a two-on-none break by the Continentals as the Cardinals were on a power play to the 18:27 mark of the period.

Just as the penalty was expiring, Hamilton's Katie Zimmerman '13 broke out of the Wesleyan end and was joined by Gigi Fraser '14, who came off the Hamilton bench following the expiration of the penalty. The two passed back and forth in the Wesleyan end but Zimmerman’s attempt from the right went wide of the net. She tracked down the loose puck behind the cage and fed Stephanie Lang '14 on the left, who got the puck to Lineberry for the goal.

Meredith Bitterman '12 notched her first goal this season with 42 seconds left on a power play for a 2-0 lead at 8:05 of the second period. Bitterman sent home a point shot from the middle through a screen that found the right side of the Cardinal net.

Christie Sharlow '11
accounted for the final margin on her first goal with 5:33 remaining in the third. Sharlow wristed a shot from the left circle into the net during a two-on-one break. Wesleyan skated the final 4:50 of the period short-handed due to a major penalty, but Ashleigh Corvi '13 came up with a half-dozen saves to keep it a 3-0 differential.

Lang was credited with two assists and was the only Hamilton player with multiple points. Corvi turned away 37 shots for the Cardinals. The Continentals have won eight straight games against Wesleyan, including the last two by shutout.

Hamilton travels to Bowdoin College for another NESCAC game on Friday, Dec. 3.

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