Hartford, Conn. - After winning a faceoff in Trinity's zone, Colby rookie Anna Cosentino (Brentwood, N.H.) controlled the puck and fired a shot that found the back of the net to lift the Mules to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Bantams in overtime on Friday night in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey action at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. Trinity falls to 4-13-0 overall and 0-9-0 in conference play while the Mules improve to 6-7-4 on the year and 2-5-4 in league action. Both teams return to the ice tomorrow at 4 p.m. for the series finale.
Cosentino's game-winner came 3:40 into the extra session after a back and forth contest that saw three different lead changes and the Bantams finishing with just one more shot than the Mules, 25-24. Trinity sophomore netminder Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) finished the evening with 21 saves while her counterpart, Colby first-year Cierra San Roman (Orange, Calif.), tallied 23 stops in the victory.
Both teams played a clean first period without any penalties and only three stoppages due to icing calls. The Bantams had the first true scoring chance of the game, five minutes in, when senior Kayla O'Connor (Springfield, Mass.) came up with a loose puck in Colby's defensive end. O'Connor found herself one-on-one with San Roman and fired a shot towards net, but San Roman held her ground and made the glove save to keep Trinity off the board. Late in the period, Trinity had a nearly identical look when senior Caroline Howell (Lyme, N.H.) picked off an errant Mule pass near Colby's blue line and skated toward San Roman, but her shot was also smothered by the Colby rookie as the score remained deadlocked at 0-0. That was, until the 18:34 mark when a scrum in front of Karpman led to Cosentino firing a wrist shot into the top shelf of the goal to give the Mules a 1-0 lead as the two sides entered the first intermission.
Trinity came out of the first break as the aggressor, ultimately taking a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. The Bantams found the equalizer just 38 seconds into the second frame when sophomore Alex Sinson (Elm Grove, Wisc.) fired a shot towards the net that was redirected at the last second by senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.), past San Roman's glove and into the back of the goal. Two Trinity power plays and one Colby advantage came and went without incident before the Bantams grabbed a 2-1 lead at the buzzer to enter the second intermission ahead by one goal. With time winding down, Bantam rookie Taylor Peracchio (Wayne, N.J.) sent a shot towards net that beat San Roman and crossed the crease line just before time expired.
Neither team found the go-ahead goal in the final period but an interference penalty called on Colby with less than a minute left in regulation gave Trinity a skater advantage in the overtime period. The Mules killed off the penalty before earning a power play of their own due to a Bantam tripping call which helped set up the game-winner. With 1:20 left to go, Cassidy Holzer (Minneapolis, Minn.) won a faceoff in Trinity's zone which allowed Cosentino to chase down the puck and fire the game-winner into goal to lift the Mules to victory.