Hartford, Conn. – Senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal 9:22 into the third period to break a 2-2 tie and added a second goal and an assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Castleton University Spartans in women’s ice hockey action this evening at Kellner Center. Trinity improves to 4-10 with its second win in a row heading into a road game against No. 10-ranked Endicott tomorrow at 2 p.m. The Spartans drop to 7-8-1 and will visit Johnson and Wales tomorrow at 5:35 p.m.
The game was tied at 2-all after two periods thanks to a game-tying tally by Spartan senior forward Lisa Kilroy (Leominster, Mass.) with just 15 seconds left before the final break on a Castleton power play. Trinity nearly went ahead with 12:30 left in the third period, but Castleton junior goaltender Rylie Wills (Sioux Lookout, Ontario) made one save on a wrap-around by Bantam rookie forward Karinna Cave-Hawkins (Edgewater, Md.) and a second off the backhanded rebound shot by Trinity sophomore forward Lauren Mac Master (St. Albert, Alberta). Finn scored the clincher, her team-leading fifth goal of the season, on a deflection of a shot from the point by sophomore defender Taylor Foy (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) with senior captain Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) adding her second helper of the game on the play. Castleton managed just two shots in the final frame, after outshooting the Bantam, 10-7, in the second period, and did not get off a shot after pulling its goalie with 1:35 on the clock.
The Bantams had taken an early lead when Oganeku scored from Finn and rookie forward Taylor Peracchio (Wayne, N.J.) just 3:06 into the contest. The Spartans tied the game at 1-1 on a power play 4:50 into the second period. Sophomore forward Nicole Trivino (Georgetown, Ontario) sent a wrist shot from the slot past Trinity sophomore goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Rey, Calif.) after a pass from the right wing by rookie forward Ali Stevens (Jefferson, Mass.). Finn gave the lead back to Trinity, converting on a rebound after a breakaway chance by Oganeku moments later, but Kilroy tied it again on a rebound of a shot off the post by Stevens. Karpman finished with 17 saves, while Wills made 15 stops in relief of sophomore Alexis Kalm (Aberdeen, N.C.) who had eight saves in the first 14:36 of the game.