New London, Conn. - The Trinity College women's hockey team fell to 4-6 on Friday evening after suffering a 4-2 loss at the hands of in-state New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent, Connecticut College. The victory is the Camels first conference victory of the year and improves its overall record to 3-5-1.
Trinity had the first true scoring opportunity four minutes into the first period when sophomore forward Melissa Maffeo (Melrose, Mass.) found herself on a breakaway and fired a shot on net but was stoned by Camel junior goalie Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.), causing the puck to flip over the top of the net and out of harm's way. Just a few minutes later, the Bantams earned a skater advantage after Connecticut College was whistled for an interference penalty. With 17 seconds left on the power play, senior forward Cheeky Herr (Princeton, N.J.) dumped the puck to sophomore defender Delaney Harrop (Walpole, Mass.) who fired a wrister into the top shelf of the net to give Trinity a 1-0 advantage. The lead did not last long as The lead did not last long as Camel junior forward Ashley Anctil (Manchester, N.H.) drilled a slap-shot past Trinity goalie Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) glove, tying things 1-1 with 12:57 remaining in the first period. A costly turnover by Trinity's defesive line allowed Connecticut College junior Stephanie Izzi (West Cornwall, Conn.) to intercept the puck in the Bantams defensive zone where she dropped a pass to freshman Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) who fired the puck into the back of the net to give the home team a 2-1 lead with 5:45 to play in the first. The rest of the period went without incident as the Camels held a one point advantage heading into the first intermission.
Connecticut College found the back of the net for the third time of the evening, 2:33 into the second period, when Lauren Bishop (Wellesley, Mass.) stuffed the puck between Belinskas stick and the pipe. With less than 10 minutes to play in the second period, Trinity earned a skater advantage thanks to a Camel penalty. After a flurry of shots in front of the net and multiple saves by Chester, Maffeo was finally able to clean up the puck and sneak it in to cut Connecticut College's lead to one. The score remained 3-2 in favor of the Camels as the game entered the second intermission.
Both teams played an evenly matched third period with neither side able to score for the first 15 minutes. With 4:22 remaining in the game, Connecticut College was whistled for a tripping penalty, giving Trinity a power play, desperate for a goal. Despite multiple shots on net, the Camels killed the penalty with their lead intact. With 1:30 remaining, the Bantams pulled Belinskas to add an extra attacker, however Izzi controlled the puck for the Camels and flicked the puck into the empty net to seal the 4-2 victory.
Trinity returns to action tomorrow in game two of a Friday-Saturday doubleheader against Connecticut College. Game time is set for 3 p.m.