NEW LONDON, Conn. – In another pivotal NESCAC contest to determine seeding for the upcoming league tournament, the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team fell to Hamilton by a 2-0 decision on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.
For the second straight game, Hamilton (15-7-2, NESCAC 9-5-2) got an early goal in the opening period and stayed ahead for the remainder of the contest. The Continentals, who fired 17 shots on target in the first frame, broke through at the 4:03 mark shortly after Jenna Jewell won a faceoff. Kate Piacenza fired a shot that was saved by senior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.), and Andrea Rockey collected the rebound and eventually sent the puck past Mertz on her second attempt from just outside the crease.
After the two teams combined for 29 shots on target in the first period, the next two frames were dominated by the defenses as the score remained 1-0 in favor of the visitors. The Camels earned two power play opportunities in the final period and also pulled Mertz with more than three minutes remaining, but they were unable to convert and even the score. Hamilton doubled its advantage when Nancy Loh intercepted the puck and found Mya Berretta in transition for her eighth marker of the season on an empty net, and the visitors came away with the two-goal win.
Gabrielle Venne earned the shutout victory between the posts by making 24 saves for Hamilton. Mertz, who was one of five seniors recognized during a pregame ceremony, turned away 25 shots.
Connecticut College (10-10-3, NESCAC 6-7-3) will be the seventh seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and travel to No. 8 Middlebury for a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, Feb. 23 at a time to be determined.