Clinton, N.Y. - The Trinity College women's hockey team fell, 4-0, to the Hamilton Continentals on Friday night in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup at Russell Sage Rink in upstate New York. The loss drops the Bantams to 2-9-0 overall and 0-7 in league play while the Continentals improve to 7-3-1 on the year and remain atop the NESCAC with a perfect 5-0 record in conference action. The two teams return to the ice tomorrow for the final game of the series, scheduled for 3 p.m.
Both teams entered the first intermission locked in a 0-0 tie as both goalies started the night strong. Trinity sophomore netminder Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) stopped all four shots she saw in the first period to keep the Continentals off the board while her counterpart, Hamilton goalie Sam Walther (Gambrills, Md.) came away with four saves as well. Karpman finished the day with 24 saves in her second start of the season.
Trinity's best scoring chance came on a penalty shot by senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) early in the second period. Finn stole the puck away from Caroline Knop (Lake Bluff, Ill.) in the neutral zone for a breakaway. Knop caught up to Finn at the crease and got called for tripping. Finn went wide right after gathering the puck at the face-off dot and attempted a backhanded deke but Walther knocked the puck away with her stick.
The Continentals broke things open later in the period with three power play goals by Kate Piacenza (Billerica, Mass.), Missy Segal (Wellesley, Mass.) and Maddie Beitler (Cumberland, R.I.), coupled with an even-strength score by Madie Bologa (Simsbury, Conn.). Neither team found the back of the net in the third period as the Continentals won the shot battle, 28-16, en route to the victory.