Women's hockey wins in OT, still undefeated in NESCAC

The Continentals celebrate their overtime win against Colby on Friday night (Josh McKee photo).
The Continentals celebrate their overtime win against Colby on Friday night (Josh McKee photo).

Hamilton College's Andrea Rockey '19 scored 40 seconds into the sudden-victory overtime period and lifted the Continentals to a 1-0 NESCAC women's hockey win against the Colby College Mules at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.

The Continentals (3-2-0, 3-0 NESCAC) shut out Colby for the third straight time and they are 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Mules. The two teams meet again at Hamilton on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.

Sam Walther '18 made 14 of her 23 saves in the third period and posted her 17th career shutout for the Continentals. Walther has a 1.00 goals against average and .969 save percentage in three conference games this season.

In overtime, Hamilton's Kate Piacenza '21 controlled the puck near the blue line after a turnover by Colby in their defensive zone. Piacenza passed to Kelli Mackey '19, who was charging towards the goal from the right side. Mackey's shot from the low slot was blocked by Cierra San Roman (27 saves) but the rebound bounced over to Rockey to the left of the crease and she smacked the puck into the open net. Piacenza leads the team with three assists and Mackey picked up her first point after missing the first four games this season due to injury.

The Mules (1-3-1, 0-2-1) had the game's first great scoring chance about seven minutes into the first period when a shot by Cassidy Holzer clanged off the left post and was eventually covered up by Walther. Piacenza nearly put the Continentals on the scoreboard midway through the second period when she skated in alone on a breakaway chance but San Roman made a spectacular save to keep the game scoreless.

Colby put the pressure on in the third period as the Mules peppered Walther with 14 shots. Walther made two great stops a little less than seven minutes into the third on a shot by Elizabeth Brashich and the rebound attempt by Holzer. Tay Munson and Tess Dupre put shots on goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation but Walther turned both of them away.