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Melanie Conca’s Late Goal Propels Women’s Ice Hockey Past Manhattanville

Melanie Conca

RYE, N.Y. – Freshman Melanie Conca (Nutley, N.J.) found the back of the net with less than two minutes remaining in regulation as the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team rallied to defeat Manhattanville by a 2-1 score on Saturday afternoon at the Playland Ice Casino.

With the teams deadlocked at 1-1 since the end of the opening period, Manhattanville nearly went ahead when Brayden James received a pass from behind the right side of the goal and had a point-blank look from the slot. However, freshman netminder MJ Peters (El Granada, Calif.) came up with the key save to keep the game tied.

Shortly afterwards, Conca was able to break the tie with just 1:18 left in regulation. Sophomore Melissa Alexander (Bellingham, Mass.) received a pass from freshman Camille Phelan (Medfield, Mass.) and took a shot from the of the goal mouth which was saved by goalie Taylor Elias, but Conca was able to slip the rebound past the Valiant netminder from the right side to put the Camels ahead.

Manhattanville (5-3-1) was then unsuccessful on an ensuing 6-on-4 opportunity by pulling its goalie and going on a power play. Peters made one additional save and senior Kyla Floresca (West Memphis, Ark.) blocked a shot taken by Ali Howard down the stretch, which allowed the Camels to escape with their third straight victory.

The teams exchanged goals late in the first period. The Valiants opened the scoring at the 17:22 mark when James finished passes from Tianna Lopes and Amanda Sabia, but the Camels answered back just 1:53 later. Senior Ashley Carbone (Old Saybrook, Conn.) fired a shot that was blocked by Zoey Pellowitz, and classmate Sammi Estes (Millis, Mass.) collected the rebound before finding sophomore Catherine Lawrence (Guilford, Conn.) for the equalizer with just 45 seconds remaining in the frame.

After outshooting the Valiants by a 7-2 margin in a scoreless second period, the Camels were then able to complete the rally in the third with Conca's second goal in as many games proving to be the difference.

Peters picked up her first win as a collegian between the posts by making 14 saves for Connecticut College, which outshot its opponent by a 24-15 margin. Elias turned away 22 shots in the losing effort for Manhattanville.

Connecticut College (3-3) will look to add to its three-game winning streak when it next visits Salve Regina on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.