Trinity Women's Hockey Holds Off Colby in 3-2 Victory

Taylor Peracchio '21 buried her second career game-winner late in the third period to lift Trinity to victory.
Taylor Peracchio '21 buried her second career game-winner late in the third period to lift Trinity to victory.

Hartford, Conn. - Senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) scored twice and rookie Taylor Peracchio (Wayne, N.J.) slammed home the game-winner with 4:08 left to play to lead the Trinity College women's hockey team to a 3-2 victory over the Colby College Mules on Saturday in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's hockey action at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. The Bantams improve to 4-13-0 overall and 1-9 in conference play while Colby falls to 6-8-4 on the year and 2-6-4 in league play. Trinity returns to the ice on Friday of next week when they travel to Williams for the first of a two-game series scheduled for 7 p.m.

Trinity controlled the pace for a majority of the first period, holding the Mules without a shot for the opening seven minutes of the game. The first 20 minutes of action saw three total penalties, two on Colby and one on Trinity, but neither side was able to convert on their respective power plays. With 7:56 left to go before the intermission, Finn netted the first of her two goals to put the hosts on the board with a 1-0 advantage. Peracchio served as the catalyst, pushing the puck ahead to senior captain Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) from the neutral zone. Oganeku sent a pass to Finn, positioned at the back-side post, who stuffed the puck between the pads of Colby goalie Cierra San Roman (Orange, Calif.) for Trinity's first score of the evening.

Oganeku and Finn connected once again at the 13:01 mark in the second period to give the Bantams a 2-0 advantage as the two teams headed into the second intermission. Classmate Tasha Adams (Reston, Va.) slipped the puck to Oganeku who sent a shot towards net that Finn got a stick on and wrapped around San Roman for her second goal of the game and eighth of the season. Trinity was whistled for a pair of penalties in the second period but the Bantam penalty kill unit did their job and kept Colby from getting on the board.

Down 2-0, Colby clawed its way back in the third, eventually tying the game with less than 10 minutes to play. The first Mule goal came off the stick of Elizabeth Brasich (Penfield, N.Y.), who potted her second goal of the season off an assist by Tay Munson (Wilmette, Ill.) just 4:27 into the third. Less than six minutes later, Anna Cosentino (Brentwood, N.H.) came up with a loose puck in the neutral zone and beat Trinity senior goaltender Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) one-on-one to tie the game at 2-2. Belinskas finished with 23 saves in the victory.

Peracchio played hero for the Bantams with 4:08 showing on the clock thanks to Oganeku's second assist of the night. Oganeku skated with the puck around the back of the net and drew San Roman to the near-side post to prevent a possible shot. Oganeku alertly sent a pass towards the middle to a stationed Peracchio who then clapped home a one-timer into the top-shelf for the 3-2 lead. The Mules tried to rally for the equalizer in the game's final minutes but multiple penalties in the final two minutes gave Trinity a 5-on-3 which allowed them to drain the clock and come away with the 3-2 victory.