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Trinity Women's Hockey Falls at Home to Top-Ranked Norwich

Caroline Howell '18 scored her second goal of the season in the second period for the Bantams.
Caroline Howell '18 scored her second goal of the season in the second period for the Bantams.

Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's hockey team fell to the Norwich University Cadets, 7-1, on Wednesday night at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. Trinity falls to 2-6 overall while the Cadets, ranked No. 1 in the nation, improve to 11-0-1 on the year. The Bantams return to action on Friday for the first game of a weekend doubleheader against in-state New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent and No. 9-ranked Connecticut College.

After nearly ten minutes without any scoring, Norwich broke through on a goal by Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) to take a 1-0 lead. Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) corralled a loose puck in the neutral zone and pushed a pass ahead of the Bantam defense to McGovern, who deked Trinity sophomore goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) and potted the puck for her seventh goal of the winter. The Cadets doubled their lead with 3:11 left to play in the opening period when McGovern stuffed a loose puck past Karpman during a scrum in front of the net for her second goal of the evening.

Norwich earned a power play opportunity in the early-going of the second period but Trinity's blue liners and Karpman did their part to keep the deficit at two. The Bantams nearly made it a 2-1 game at the 15:15 mark when senior Caroline Howell (Lyme, N.H.) fought through the Norwich defense and fired a shot from point-blank range, but Cadet starting goalie Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) held strong and made the save. The Cadets responded to take a 3-0 lead when McGovern once again scored via an assist from Conway on a 2-on-1 in Trinity's zone.

Later in the second period, the two sides traded goals within 50 seconds of one another, the first coming at the 12:55 mark by Howell. Howell beat King with a wrister from the near-side post that found the back of the net off an assist by junior Claire Foran (Greenwich, Conn.) to cut the deficit to two, however Norwich had an answer. Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) fed Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) for Hulst's tenth goal of the season to put the visitors ahead, 4-1. Conway and McGovern reversed roles for Norwich's fifth goal of the game, this time with Conway on the scoring end of the play to give the Cadets a commanding 5-1 lead before Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alberta) got involved in the scoring action just before the end of the half to make it 6-1 at the second intermission.

Both teams had power play opportunities early in the third period but neither side could convert them into scoring. Norwich added a seventh goal with 1:33 left to play off the stick of Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) to put them ahead, 7-1, which would stand as the final score. King finished with eight saves in two periods of action while Karpman turned aside 29 shots. The Cadets won the shot battle, 36-13, and won 31 faceoffs to Trinity's 29.

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