NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Abby Wieczorek (Winnetka, Ill.) picked up her first collegiate shutout and six players factored into a balanced scoring attack as the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team defeated Suffolk by a 3-0 score on Tuesday evening at Dayton Arena.
Connecticut College (8-5) unleashed 27 total shots in the opening period and finally broke through in the waning minutes of the frame after two Rams were sent off the ice just 12 seconds apart. Sophomore Catherine Lawrence (Guilford, Conn.) first took back-to-back shots that were saved and blocked before capitalizing on her third straight attempt. Freshman Melanie Conca, who collected the second rebound and sent the puck back to Lawrence, was credited with an assist on the play.
The Camels scored twice in the second period to put the game away. With the team playing shorthanded, Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) stole the puck on a strong forecheck and fired a high percentage shot from the slot that was kicked away by netminder Julia McLellan. Sophomore Melissa Alexander (Bellingham, Mass.), however, got to the puck first and fired it home to double the margin at 7:31. Junior Mairi Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) then took the puck off a faceoff win by freshman Camille Phelan (Medfield, Mass.) from the right dot and finished with a blast to the left corner with 3:50 on the clock to seal the final outcome.
Wieczorek, who was making her first collegiate start, picked up the shutout victory by making 23 saves for Connecticut College. McLellan of Suffolk (5-9-3) suffered the loss despite turning away 30 shots.
Connecticut College (8-5) will return to NESCAC action this weekend when it visits Bowdoin for a two-game series beginning on Friday evening at 7 p.m.