Women’s Hockey Sweeps Series With Connecticut College After Second Straight Shutout

Women’s Hockey Sweeps Series With Connecticut College After Second Straight Shutout

Hartford, Conn. - Rookie Ellie Fellows (Westport, Mass.) and junior Lauren Mac Master (St. Albert, Alberta) both tallied third period goals while junior goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) finished with 38 saves to help lift the Trinity College women's hockey team to a 2-0 victory over the Connecticut College Camels on Sunday evening at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. The Bantams come away with the series sweep over the Camels after their second shutout in as many days, improving to 5-4-0 overall and 3-3 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play. Connecticut College falls to 4-4-2 on the year and 1-3-2 in conference play. Trinity returns to action on Tuesday for a non-conference tilt at Plymouth State.

The first period came and went without incident as both teams entered the first intermission deadlocked at 0-0. The Camels earned the period's lone power play opportunity after Trinity was whistled for a tripping penalty near the midway point, but the Bantam penalty kill unit did its job to keep the Camels off the scoreboard. Connecticut College outshot Trinity, 9-3 in the first period but Karpman stopped everything she saw, finishing with her second highest save total of the season to pick up the shutout between the pipes. 

The second period saw eight combined penalties between the two sides however neither team managed to break the tie. Connecticut College had a pair of shots that looked like they might give the Camels the lead, both off the stick of Olivia Good (Woodbury, Conn.), but both times the puck clanked off the pipe and away from trouble. 

Things picked up in the third period with 26 shots on goal between both teams. At the 9:38 mark, Trinity final broke through as Fellows potted her second goal of the season to give the Bantams a 1-0 lead. Fellows beat Camel goalie Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) to the back of the net off assists from rookie Cassidy McNeeley (Easton, Mass.) and junior captain Alex Sinson (Elm Grove, Wisc.). The assist comes as the first career point for McNeeley.

Both squads had extra-skater advantages in the final period that neither team could convert into goals, that was until Mac Master sniped home a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle with 2:56 left to play to give the Bantams a 2-0 lead. First-year Bergen Kobienia (Edina, Minn.) controlled the puck at the point before sending a pass to sophomore Julia Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) near the left faceoff circle. Lee slipped a pass through Connecticut College's defense to Mac Master who took care of the rest, sending a shot past the left shoulder of Mertz and into the back of the net to help seal the victory.