Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore Alex Sinson (Elm Grove, Wisc.) and senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) connected on the game-winning goal with 11:31 left in the third period to lift the Trinity College women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Manhattanville College on Tuesday night at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. The Bantams improve to 3-10 overall while the Valiants fall to 7-6-1 on the year. Trinity returns to the ice on Friday night for a home matchup with Castleton.
Neither side managed to break the scoreless tie in the first period despite 30 total shots, of which 21 came from Trinity. The Bantams earned the first of two first period power play opportunities at the 14:14 mark when the Valiants were whistled for a tripping penalty, however the visitors penalty kill unit did its job to keep Trinity off the board. The Bantams picked up another skater advantage in the period's final two minutes as Manhattanville was called for a high-sticking just before the two teams entered the first intermission tied at 0-0.
After successfully killing the penalty that spilled over into the second period, the Valiants nearly took a 1-0 lead when Janet Xu (Edmonton, Alberta) redirected a shot by Tianna Lopes (West Vancouver, B.C.) that looked destined for the back of the net, but Trinity sophomore goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) managed to get a glove on the puck to knock it out of harm's way. Trinity almost found their first goal near the 9:00 mark when Finn dropped a pass to first-year Taylor Peracchio (Wayne, N.J.) who fired a wrister on net, but was stoned by Manhattanville goalie Rose Pijaca (Worcester, Mass.). The Valiants turned defense to offense when Nicole Mensi (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) took the loose puck off the rebound straight up ice and dished it to Lopes who fired a one-timer past Karpman for the 1-0 lead.
The Valiants had a great opportunity to double their lead when they were awarded a penalty shot late in the second period, but Karpman stood her ground on the attempt by Kristi Peters (Newport Beach, Calif.) as it remained a one-goal game. Trinity finally broke through with 4:02 left in the period when Caroline Howell (Lyme, N.H.) cleaned up a rebound off a shot by sophomore Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) and potted the puck into the back of the net for her second goal of the season in equalizing fashion.
White nearly gave Trinity the lead with 3:46 having gone by in the final period of regulation but Pijaca smothered the shot from the Bantam sophomore to keep it a 1-1 tie. A few minutes later, Finn picked off an errant Valiant pass and raced up ice, alone with Pijaca in front of her. Finn sent a wrist shot toward the upper corner of the goal but Pijaca came up clutch, knocking aside the shot to preserve the tie. Finn had another chance at breaking the tie just two minutes later, which she made good on this time. On the power play due to a Manhattan roughing penalty, senior Tasha Adams (Reston, Va.) slid the puck to Sinson, positioned just inside the blue line at the point. Sinson fired a shot towards net that Finn redirected at the last second, sending the puck into the back of the net past Pijaca to give the Bantams a 2-1 lead.
Trinity was called for a tripping penalty with just over four minutes left in regulation to hand the Valiants a power play opportunity, down one goal. Karpman and the Trinity penalty kill held strong, however, and ended the immediate threat. Manhattanville pulled Pijaca from goal with 55 seconds remaining to add an extra skater to the attack, but Trinity kept the visitors off the board for the game's final moments and held on for the 2-1 victory. Karpman finished with 26 saves in her first career victory while Pijaca made 42 on the evening despite being saddled with the loss.