Donovan ’26 leads No. 7 women’s hockey to shutout of Wesleyan

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CLINTON, N.Y. – Hamilton College’s Mac Donovan ’26 made 29 saves in the Continentals’ 3-0 NESCAC win against the Wesleyan University Cardinals at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Saturday afternoon.

 

Season Update

The nationally ranked No. 7 Continentals (14-3-1, 8-2-0 NESCAC) outscored Wesleyan 10-1 in two wins this weekend. The Cardinals (9-8-1, 3-7-0) received votes in this week’s USCHO.com Division III Top 15 poll.

 

How It Happened

After a scoreless first period, Abby Smith ’24 broke the ice 11:08 into the second. A shot by Hyla Mosher ’23 was stopped by Rei Halloran but Smith was there to stuff in the rebound. Hamilton held a 15-11 shot advantage during a busy middle period. It remained a one-goal difference until Abby Kuhns ’23 scored on the power play on a shot from the right point with 5:52 left in the third period. A Wesleyan player was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking with 3:41 remaining and it took the Continentals just 18 seconds to capitalize. Maura Holden ’23 scored Hamilton’s third goal on a shot from the right faceoff circle. The Cardinals pulled Halloran for an extra skater with more than a minute left but couldn’t put any shots on net.  

Notes

Donovan posted her first shutout in her fourth start for the Continentals. She has a 0.75 goals against average and .967 save percentage. Hamilton has five shutouts this season, including four against conference opponents. Smith and Kuhns led the offense with a goal and an assist apiece. Kuhns leads the team with 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists. Smith has a five-game point streak intact. Mosher, who had two helpers, has 23 career assists and 39 career points. Holden scored her 12th career goal. Mya Berretta ’23 collected her 48th career point. Sami Quackenbush ’24 has an assist in three of the last four games. Maddie Hong ’23 won 9 of 14 faceoffs for the Continentals. Halloran made 14 of her 28 saves in the second period. Hamilton was 2-for-4 on the power play. The Continentals have killed 94.9 percent of their opponents’ power plays.  

Next Game

Hamilton makes the trip to Maine for another NESCAC contest on Friday, Feb. 3 when they play Bowdoin College. It will be the Continentals’ first game outside of New York since Dec. 3. The first puck drops at 7 p.m. 

 

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