Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore Julia Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) fired a shot that was saved, but the rebound fell to rookie Angelica Mushenko (East Longmeadow, Mass.) who flipped a backhander into the back of the net to lift the Trinity College women's hockey team to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Friday night in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup at the Koeppel Center. Trinity improves to 10-10-3 overall and 7-5-3 in conference play while Bowdoin falls 3-18-2 on the year and 2-12-1 in league action. The two sides return to play tomorrow at 7:30 for the series and regular season finale.
A tripping penalty whistled on Bowdoin in the early minutes of the opening period gave Trinity a power play opportunity which the Bantams turned into a 1-0 lead. Rookie Bergen Kobienia (Edina, Minn.) slid a pass along the blue line to classmate Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.). Flaherty sent a pass to sophomore Sierra Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) who was wide open near the far-side post and clapped home a one-timer into the back of the net.
Bowdoin answered shortly thereafter, also on a power play, when Angelina Joyce (Newton, Mass.) potted her sixth goal of the season. Trinity junior goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) came out of the crease to try and swat a loose puck out of harm's way, however the puck ricocheted to Joyce who flicked a backhand home to tie things at 1-1. Both teams had another pair of power play chances but went into the first intermission all tied up.
After 14 minutes without a score in the second period, the Bantams went ahead, 2-1, on Lee's second goal of the evening. Sophomore Kayla Milofsky (Concord, Mass.) picked up a point with an assist on the goal, firing a shot from the point, as Lee tipped the shot from Milofsky high into the top shelf of the net for her second goal of the game .
The Bantams were called for an interference penalty off a faceoff late in the period which led to Bowdoin finding the equalizer. Tala Glass (Glencoe, Ill.) slapped a pass from the point which re-directed off the stick of Katie Leininger (Newtown, Pa.) and across the crease-line for the score. Mushenko nearly gave the hosts back a lead with less than two minutes to go, but her shot bounced off the post and into the corner.
A pair of power play opportunities came and went in the third period without a go-ahead score. The Bantams had a great chance on a 4-on-4 late as rookie Katie Marsden (Hessle, England) and Flaherty broke away with the puck and skated 2-on-1, but Marsden's pass to Flaherty at the last second went awry.
Trinity, which won the shot battle by a staggering, 44-19, advantage, put up three shots in the extra session, two of which came on the game's final play. Julia Lee played the puck in front of the crease and fired a shot that was saved by Bowdoin goalie Sophia Lattanzio (Montclair, N.J.). The rebound, however bounced right to Mushenko who came crashing in on the weak-side and flipped the puck into goal as the Bantams stormed the ice to celebrate.