Waterville, Maine - With Colby holding a 1-0 lead, Trinity College women's hockey rookie Katie Marsden (Hessle, England) scored three straight goals in the third period to lead the Bantams to a 3-2 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) victory at Alfond Rink on Friday evening. Trinity improves to 8-8-1 on the year and 5-3-1 in conference play while the Mules fall to 8-6-3 overall and 5-6 in NESCAC action. Both teams return tomorrow for the series finale at 3 p.m.
The first two periods were nearly scoreless, but Colby went up 1-0 with just 25 seconds left in the second period. Izzy Tegtmeyer sent a long pass up to Anna Cosentino near the Bantam blue line before the puck found its way to Lexi Cafiero, who went in on goal and put a backhand shot for the score.
Marsden tied the game at 10:46 of the third period on the power play. First-year Camille von Steinbergs (Brea, Calif.) pushed a pass to Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) who in turn went back to the left point to Marsden for the shot. The Bantams took advantage of another power play at 13:31 when Marsden again scored on a long shot. Sophomore Sierra Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) was in the middle and got a pass to Flaherty, who again went back to Marsden at the point.
Trinity scored its third goal on an empty net with 57 seconds remaining to help ice the game. Colby was trying to clear a puck back into the Bantam zone, but Marsden intercepted the pass and scored from near the red line to cap off the hat trick. Colby did not give up and scored with just 10 seconds remaining when Carly Thomas scored while on the ice in front of the goal. Elizabeth Brashich's shot was saved, but the rebound went out in front with a scrum all going for the puck. Thomas managed to poke the puck in the goal.
Trinity junior netminder Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) finished with 20 saves for the Bantams, while Colby's Cierra San Roman allowed just the two power play goals and had 33 saves. The Mules finished with 16 shots on goals in the opening period, but just six over the next two periods. Trinity finished with 36 shots on net.