Women's ice hockey clips Colby
Hamilton College’s Hannah Jaiven '14 posted one goal and two assists as the Continentals defeated Colby College 3-1 in a NESCAC game at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Feb. 16.
The Continentals (12-10-1 overall, 6-8-1 NESCAC) have won five of the last six meetings with the Mules, and evened the all-time series at 12-12-3. Colby (10-13-0, 4-11) had won its previous four games.
Hamilton is in sixth place in the conference standings and the Mules are eighth with one game remaining in the regular season. The Continentals host Colby again on Sunday, Feb. 17. The top eight teams advance to the NESCAC championship, which begins on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Jaiven -- a defender -- recorded the second three-point game of her career. The other was at SUNY Cortland on Jan. 6, 2012. Nikki Haskins '14 and Megan Fitzgerald '16 scored the other goals for the Continentals. Haskins’ goal was the 25th of her Hamilton career.
Julia Beaty '13, Gigi Fraser '14, Hannah Bartlett '16 and Jill Tokarczyk '14 were credited with one assist each. Bartlett leads the team with nine assists this season. Becca Hazlett '13 made 24 saves and improved her record in goal to 10-10-1.
Megan Fortier '16 scored her seventh goal this season and leads the Mules with 15 points. Elisa Rascia '16 and Natalie Fischer '14 tallied one assist apiece. Brianne Wheeler ’14 turned away 21 shots in the loss.
The Continentals grabbed a 1-0 lead on Jaiven's fifth goal this season at 9:42 of the first period. Fraser won the faceoff back to Beaty above the right faceoff circle in Hamilton’s offensive zone. Beaty sent a pass across to Jaiven near the point, and she scored on a low wrist shot through a screen.
Colby answered with 6:52 left in the opening period. Fischer passed the puck through the neutral zone to Fortier, who skated to the right faceoff circle and took a shot that went in and out of Hazlett’s glove, and fell into the goal.
Hamilton regained the lead with 3:16 to go in the first. Bartlett shot from above the left faceoff circle and Haskins redirected the puck past Wheeler for her 13th goal. Jaiven also picked up an assist.
Fitzgerald extended the lead to 3-1 on a breakaway goal with 8:32 to go in the second period. Jaiven got the puck to Tokarczyk, who found Fitzgerald skating through the neutral zone behind the defense. Fitzgerald only had Wheeler to beat and she slid the puck under her legs for her sixth goal.
Hamilton kept the puck in Colby's end late in the third period, and didn’t allow Wheeler to get to the bench until there were 17 seconds left. The Mules put two shots on goal with the extra skater just before the final buzzer sounded.
Colby held a slight 25-24 edge in shots, but didn't convert any of its five power-play chances. Hamilton did not have a single power-play opportunity.