Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams fell to the No. 3-ranked Elmira College Soaring Eagles, 5-0, on Tuesday night in non-conference women's hockey action at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. The Bantams fall to 4-12-0 on the year while Elmira improves to 14-2-1 overall. Trinity returns to action on Friday when they host Colby College in the first game of a weekend New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) series.
Elmira wasted no time getting on the board as Maddie Evangelous (Hudson, Mass.) intercepted a Bantam turnover in Trinity's defensive zone and fired a wrist shot past Bantam sophomore goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) to take a 1-0 lead just 1:26 into the opening frame. The Soaring Eagles doubled their advantage with just under 13 minutes left in the first period when Sarah Hughson (East Haddam, Conn.) fed Jess Adams (Holliston, Mass.) behind the Trinity net who then wrapped the puck around the back-side post and fired into the back of the net. Trinity nearly cut into the deficit with 5:38 showing on the clock when sophomore Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) came up with the puck just inside Elmira's blue-line. White fired a shot on net but Soaring Eagle goalie Kelcey Crawford (Purcellville, Va.) smothered the attempt to keep the Bantams off the board.
The Soaring Eagles opened up a 3-0 lead at the 4:02 mark in the second period when Maddy Jerolman (Hamden, Conn.) got involved in the scoring action, potting the puck off assists from Kristin Chivers (Antioch, Ill) and Katie Granato (Naperville, Ill.). Trinity earned back-to-back power plays, giving them an extra skater for nearly four straight minutes beginning at the 7:12 mark, but Elmira's penalty kill unit did its job to preserve the three goal lead. The Soaring Eagles added their fourth goal of the game with 51.8 left in the second period when Meghan Fonfara (Elmira, N.Y.) scored thanks to a helper from Granato.
The Bantams drew a power play six minutes into the final period thanks to an Elmira roughing penalty, but the visitors once again thwarted any true goal scoring chances from Trinity. Elmira made it 5-0 on the second goal of the night by Evangelous, this one at the 9:03 mark in the third, as the Soaring Eagles cruised the rest of the way to victory.