NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior captain Ashley Carbone (Old Saybrook, Conn.) scored her first two collegiate goals and also tallied an assist to help propel the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a convincing 5-0 shutout victory over William Smith on Friday evening at Dayton Arena.
Connecticut College (5-3) peppered Heron goalie Olivia Williams throughout the opening minutes of the first period and got on the scoreboard at the 6:30 mark. Senior Sammi Estes (Millis, Mass.) won a faceoff on the left side and sent the puck back and off the boards to classmate Erin Healy (Melrose, Mass.). The defender then fired a shot from the left point that made its way through traffic and past a shielded Williams to put the Camels ahead.
The hosts continued to earn the best scoring opportunities and doubled their lead 6:11 later. Junior Mairi Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) won a battle along the boards in the Camels' defensive end and flicked the puck out to sophomore Natalie Witkowski (Cheshire, Conn.), sending the forward racing along the right side of the ice before finishing with a shot to the top shelf of the goal and over the right shoulder of Williams.
The Camels continued to dominate in the second period and added three insurance markers with Carbone factoring into each one. At 8:29, Carbone netted her first collegiate goal by rifling a shot from the right post after receiving a pass from junior Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.). She then made it 4-0 by rocketing the puck off the pipe and in from the right side with 4:22 remaining in the period.
Connecticut College continued to pad its lead and added a fifth tally shortly before the second intermission on a play started by Carbone. The captain sent a puck along the boards and behind the net to Dillon, who switched gears and found Estes parked just outside of the crease on the left side for a one-timer that made its way inside the near post. Carbone and Estes were credited with helpers on the play at 18:27 which gave the hosts more than enough insurance to come away with their fifth straight win.
Carly Denora (Verona, N.J.) picked up her second shutout victory of the season between the posts by making 16 saves for Connecticut College, which outshot the visitors by a 33-16 margin. Olivia Williams was charged with the loss for William Smith (7-3) after turning away 21 shots and yielding five goals through the first two periods.
Connecticut College (5-3) and William Smith (7-3) will conclude a two-game weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.