Hartford, Conn. - First-year Cassidy McNeeley (South Easton, Mass.) scored her first career goal on the power play midway through the third period to even the score at 1-1, however, neither team managed to find the game-winner as the Trinity College women's hockey team and the Hamilton College Continentals settled for a tie on Friday evening in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. Trinity moves to 6-4-1 overall and 3-3-1 in conference play while the Continentals move to 8-3-1 on the year and 3-1-1 in league action. Both sides return to the ice tomorrow for the series finale at 4 p.m.
Neither team broke the scoreless tie in an evenly-matched first period that saw the Bantams outshoot the Continentals by a slim, 9-8 margin. Hamilton nearly got on the board when Jenna Jewell (St. Albert, Alberta) had a clean look at net near the 13 minute mark, however Trinity junior goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) shut the door to keep the visitors off the board. Karpman finished 36 saves, the second time in the last three games that she's finished with 36 or more saves.
The Continentals finally broke things open 5:02 into the second period when Maddie Beitler (Cumberland, R.I.) found the back of the net for her third goal of the winter. Jewell controlled the puck to the right of Karpman before sending a pass in front of the crease to Beitler, positioned at the back-side post. Karpman extended to try and knock the puck off course, but it fell to Beitler, and with the Bantam goalie out of position, she one-timed it into net to put Hamilton ahead, 1-0. The Continentals nearly extended their lead to 2-0 a few minutes later when Mya Berretta (West Haven, Conn.) intercepted an errant Trinity pass and found herself alone with Karpman, but Karpman came up with the clutch one-on-one save to keep the damage at 1-0.
McNeeley came up with the equalizer at the 9:07 mark in the final period of regulation to force eventual overtime. The Bantams earned an extra skater after Hamilton was whistled for a tripping penalty. McNeeley fired back-to-back shots on net that were saved by Continental goalie Gabrielle Venne (Greely, Ontario), however McNeeley got her stick on the second rebound and poked the loose puck past Venne and across the goal line for the score. Trinity looked like it had the game-winner with just over six minutes left when rookie Ellie Fellows (Westport, Mass.) had a clean look at net from close range, however Venne came up big with the stop as both teams ended regulation still tied at 1-1.
Overtime saw six combined shots from both sides but just one by Trinity. The one was a great opportunity though as sophomore Karinna Cave-Hawkins (Annapolis, Md.) jumped in front of a Hamilton pass in the neutral zone and raced towards Venne with no one in front of her. Cave-Hawkins fired a wrist shot on goal but Venne once again stood strong to make the save. The Continentals sent a flurry of shots towards net late in the five minute extra session, but Karpman came up equally strong between the pipes as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.