Trinity Women's Ice Hockey Hosts Amherst In NESCAC Quarterfinals Saturday

Trinity Women's Ice Hockey Hosts Amherst In NESCAC Quarterfinals Saturday

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's ice hockey team, which finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 9-12-3 record and in fourth place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 8-6-2 league mark, has qualified for the league championship tournament for the 12th time and 11th season in a row.  The 2015 NESCAC Champion Bantams, coached by Keith Maurice (2nd Season), will host Amherst on Saturday, February 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the NESCAC Quarterfinals.  The Bantams are the No. 4 seed for the first time since 2012 and are seeking their third straight semifinal appearance and second conference title overall. Trinity, which last won the NESCAC Championship in 2015, enters the tournament unbeaten in its last four games.  The winner of the NESCAC Championship Tournament will determine the league's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Top-seeded Middlebury (16-6-2, 11-4-1) hosts No. 8-seeded Wesleyan (7-11-5, 4-9-3), No. 2-seeded Connecticut College (14-7-3, 10-5-1) hosts No. 7-seeded Williams (10-12-2, 7-7-2) and No. 3-seeded Hamilton (14-7-3, 9-5-2) hosts No. 6-seeded Bowdoin (12-8-4, 7-6-3) in the other quarterfinal games Saturday.

Game Notes

Trinity junior goaltender Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) leads the NESCAC in save percentage at .957 on 377 saves to go with a 1.40 GAA after coming back from an injury in pre-season. Junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) is tied for eighth in the conference in goals with eight and adds five assists for a team-high 13 points, while classmates Melissa Maffeo (Melrose, Mass.) and Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) have combined for eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points, and first-year forward Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) is tied for sixth in the league in scoring among rookies with seven points on two goals and five assists  In the regular season's final weekend, Finn scored a goal in each game and Belinskas totaled 60 saves to lead Trinity to a 1-1 tie and 2-0 victory at home against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears. Belinskas was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week for the second time this season for her fine performance in the Bowdoin series.

Amherst, coached by Jeff Matthews (5th season), is 12-7-5 overall and tied Bowdoin for fifth in the NESCAC with a 6-5-5 conference record.  Alex Toupal leads the Purple & White in scoring with 17 goals and nine assists, while Sabrina Dobbins has a 1.55 GAA and a .937 save percentage between the Amherst pipes.  Amherst earned the No. 5 seed thanks to a series sweep of Bowdoin during the regular season. Trinity and Amherst played each other three times this season with the Purple & White posting a 2-0-1 mark. The two teams last met on February 7 in a non-conference contest, with Amherst posting a 2-0 road victory. In the tournament, Amherst owns a 3-1-0 advantage in the series, but suffered a loss to the Bantams in the 2015 semifinals.

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