WATERVILLE, Maine — Wesleyan University took advantage of a Colby College penalty just 31 seconds into the game with a power play goal and pulled away for a 3-0 victory in NESCAC women’s hockey on Friday at Alfond Rink.
The two teams will play again Saturday at 3 p.m. at Colby. The Cardinals improve to 4-4-1 overall and 1-2 in the league, while the Mules drop to 0-8-2 and 0-4-1 in the conference.
Colby had an early tripping penalty and Wesleyan made them pay at 2:04 of the first period. Jessica Brennan’s shot from the right point was tipped in by Hailey Sholty, who had her third goal of the year.
Abigail Rutt had a major individual effort to put the Cardinals up 2-0 at 16:08 of the opening period. She picked up a loose puck near center ice, waited for a teammate to stay on-sides, and then skated past two Colby defenders to score in front.
The Cardinals added an empty net goal with just 1:07 to play. Ellery Sarosi put pressure on a Mule defender near the blue line. The puck hit off Sarosi’s stick to Rutt, who scored from the blue line into the empty net.
Allegra Grant stopped 27 shots for the Wesleyan shutout. Halley Fine made 33 saves for the Mules.