Posted: Jan 08, 2019
SALEM, Mass. - Senior captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) found the back of the net twice in the third period as the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team rallied to post a 2-1 victory over Salem State on Tuesday evening at Rockett Arena.
Gualtieri, who scored both of her goals less than two minutes apart, tied the game just 17 seconds into the final frame by collecting a loose puck and firing it past Viking goalie Isabelle Woodward. Just 1:42 later, the captain struck again on a give-and-go play that was started between junior Kylie Wilkes (Howell, N.J.) and sophomore Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.). Dillon cycled the puck to Wilkes behind the net, received it back, and then slipped the puck to Gualtieri in the slot. The senior forward then put the Camels ahead by beating Woodward with a shot to the top shelf of the net on the goalie's glove side.
Despite being outshot by a 9-3 margin in the opening period, Salem State (5-8-1) struck first in the frame's waning minutes when Casie Curtin slipped a shot that made its way underneath the pad of Camel netminder Carly Denora (Verona, N.J.). The Camels, however, continued to pressure Woodward by outshooting the hosts, 14-3, in the second period and eventually breaking through in the third.
Venora only had to make six saves between the posts to pick up the victory for Connecticut College, which had a lopsided 35-7 advantage in total shots. Woodward of Salem State finished with 33 stops in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (5-4-2) will next visit Wesleyan for a two-game series over the weekend.