Hamilton College’s Hyla Mosher ’23 posted her first hat trick and the Continentals recorded a 5-2 NESCAC win over the Wesleyan University Cardinals at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.
Mosher doubled her season goals total to six and added an assist. Nancy Loh ’23 chipped in a goal and two assists, and Abby Smith ’24 recorded two helpers. Gab Venne ’22 made 18 saves in her fourth start this season. Bobbi Roca ’24 won 8 of 10 faceoffs and Jess Haviland ’22 won 7 of 10.
The Continentals improved to 9-8-0 overall and 6-7 in the conference. Hamilton hosts Wesleyan again on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. The Continentals will honor Haviland, Venne and Sidney Molnar ’22 before the game.
Effie Tournas scored both goals for the Cardinals (7-11-0, 3-10). Audrey McMahon and Christina Tournas picked up two assists apiece, and Rei Halloran turned away 23 shots.
Mosher made it 1-0 at 9:37 of the first period when she one-timed Smith’s centering pass from the left side of the low slot. Mosher made it 2-0 with just 10.8 seconds left in the period. Halloran stopped a shot from the point by Maddie Hong ’23, but Mosher collected the loose puck and scored from the right post. Effie Tournas cut Wesleyan’s deficit in half at 7:27 of the second period.
Mosher restored the two-goal advantage with 8:40 remaining in the second. She scored on a wrist shot from the slot after a backhand pass from Smith.
Loh made it 4-1 with a power-play goal 3:03 later. A shot by Mosher was kicked away by Halloran and the loose puck caromed out to the bottom of the left faceoff circle where Loh knocked it into the back of the net. Loh is second in the conference with 12 goals and tied for second with 22 points. Effie Tournas pulled the Cardinals within 4-2 with 1:29 left in the second.
Wesleyan pulled Halloran for an extra skater with 4:36 to go, but Allie Curry ’23 put the game away for Hamilton with 2:07 left. Curry got possession of a loose puck near her own blue line and played it off the right-side boards. The clear had just enough strength behind it to bounce off the boards near the benches, glide down the other end of the ice and creep across the goal line for her sixth goal.