Women's ice hockey drops NESCAC battle at home
Hamilton College gave up two power-play goals in the third period on the way to the Continentals' 4-2 New England Small College Athletic Conference loss against visiting Connecticut College at Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 30.
Hamilton's unbeaten streak ends at six games. The loss is the second for Hamilton at the hands of Conn. College this season. The Camels won another tight contest by the score of 3-2 on Jan. 10.
Hamilton (8-8-2 overall, 3-6-2 NESCAC) struck first when Kathryn Kroleski '09 found Stephanie Miguel '11 just three minutes into the opening period. Miguel's wrister from the right side of the slot went over the right shoulder on the stick side of the Camel goalie. The goal is Miguel's fifth in Hamilton's last three games. She leads the team with 16 goals and 30 points. Kroleski is fourth in assists with 11.
Connecticut College (4-8-3, 4-3-2) responded with a power-play goal just 43 seconds later to tie the score, and grabbed a 2-1 lead with a goal at 12:52 of the first period. The Camels were 3-for-8 with the extra skater.
The hosts registered the only goal of the second period, when Carly Barker '09 scored her first goal of the season at 7:35 to tie the score at 2-2. Meredith Bitterman '12 fired a slap shot from the point that was deflected by Barker in front.
After an intense opening to the third period, the Continentals were hit with a five-minute major penalty for fighting after the whistle at 6:15. The Camels netted the game-winner at 8:17, and added an insurance goal just 23 seconds later.
Meg Shine '10 made 34 saves in goal for Hamilton, including 17 during the Camels' third-period onslaught. The Continentals were 0-for-5 on the power play. Conn. College held a 38-29 advantage in shots.
Hamilton hosts another NESCAC competition on Saturday, Jan. 31, against nationally ranked No. 6 Amherst College.