Rutland, Vt. - Sophomore Sierra Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) scored with 2:45 left in the third period in her first game in a Bantam uniform to lift the Trinity College women's hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Castleton University on Wednesday night in the team's first game of the 2019 calendar year. The Bantams improve to 3-4 overall with the victory while the Spartans fall to 4-7-2. Trinity outshot Castleton 30-9 in the contest as the shorthanded Spartans dressed just 12 skaters.
After a scoreless opening frame in which Trinity held a 10-4 edge in shots on goal, the two sides came out for the second frame knotted up at 0-0. Castleton took an early penalty, but the Bantams were unable to capitalize on the advantage. Castleton earned a power-play chance of its own in the middle of the frame, but Trinity killed it with ease to keep the game scoreless.
Coming out of the second intermission still scoreless, the Spartans finished killing 50 seconds of a penalty that carried over before going on the power play following a Trinity trip. Castleton was unable to find the twine on the man-advantage, however, as the game entered the third period still scoreless.
With the clock ticking below three minutes to play, Trinity rookie Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) found Lee coming down the right wing in transition. Lee pulled the trigger on a wrist shot from the top of the circle, freezing Alexis Kalm (Aberdeen, N.C.) and beating the Spartan netminder glove-side for the 1-0 edge. The Bantams controlled possession for the critical moments late in the period, keeping Castleton from pulling the goalie in favor of an extra attacker and the final horn sounded with the visitors on top.
Trinity returns to action on Friday at home for the first of a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) games versus Connecticut College this weekend.