Trinity Women's Ice Hockey Loses Late At Middlebury

Alex Sinson '20
Alex Sinson '20

Middlebury, Vt. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams played the No. 6-ranked Middlebury College Panthers even for two periods before surrendering three goals in the final frame for a 4-1 setback in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey action this afternoon at Kenyon Arena.  The Bantams, which lost, 2-0, in the season-opener to the Panthers, fall to 0-2 overall and in the NESCAC.  Middlebury improves to 2-0 with the home series sweep.  Trinity heads to Buffalo State for a two-game set next Saturday and Sunday.

In the opening period, a Trinity power play produced quality chances for both teams just over six minutes into the contest. Middlebury goalie Lin Han thwarted a pair of shots from close range by Bantam first-year forward Taylor Peracchio (Wayne, N.J.), while Bantam senior netminder Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) used her right pad to deny Maddie Winslow on a shorthanded breakaway.  The Bantams struck for the first goal with 1:17 left in the period, as Peracchio knocked in a centering pass from fellow rookie Abigal Riskevich (Shakopee, Minn.) on a two-on-one for the first Trinity goal of the year. The hosts answered with 10.4 seconds on the clock, when Katherine Jackson banged in a rebound at the left post on a shot from the point by Anna Zumwinkle.

The chances were bunched together in the middle stanza, with the Panthers getting a good opportunity just past the 10-minute mark. Elise Park rushed the net, taking a shot that Belinskas stopped, while Jessica Young trailed the play and lifted the rebound over the crossbar. The Bantams countered seconds later when a  shot by sophomore forward Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) was saved by Han with senior captain forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) sending the rebound just past the left post as the team's remained tied at the second intermission.

The hosts took the lead 1:35 into the final period when Madie Leidt netted her first collegiate goal. She one-timed a pass from Young.  Middlebury made it a 3-1 game with 3:24 left, as Jackson netted her second of the game on a feed from Winslow, as the duo completed a give-and-go on a two-on-one rush, and Leidt finished the scoring with an empty-net tally with 30.8 seconds remaining.  Han made 20 saves for the victory, and Belinskas made 35 saves for the Bantams, as Middlebury held a 39-21 advantage in shots. Middlebury was 0-1 on the power play and Trinity went scoreless in three attempts today and 10 times in the series.