Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams handed the visiting Hamilton College Continentals a 3-1 loss this afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s ice hockey action at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity ups its season record at 7-4-1 and improves to 4-3-1 in the NESCAC while extending its unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1). Hamilton falls to 8-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the NESCAC. The teams tied 1-1 last night in the two-game series. Trinity visits Manhattanville on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 p.m. in its next game, while the Continentals host NESCAC rival for two games next weekend.
Trinity never trailed, scoring the game’s first goal 3:38 into the game and taking a 2-0 lead after one period. Sophomore forward Taylor Shelden (Kenai, Alaska) scored her first goal as a Bantam on a rebound after a hard shot in transition from the left wing by rookie forward Bailey McKeon (Frisco, Texas) had caromed off Hamilton freshman goaltender Gabrielle Venne (Greely, Ontario). Trinity first-year forward Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) scored the eventual game-winner on a shot from the right with an assist credited to sophomore defender Camille von Steinbergs (Minnetonka, Minn.) with 9:11 left before the first break. Trinity junior goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa del Ray, Calif.) kept the Continentals scoreless over the first 20 minutes despite the visitors’ 9-to-8 shooting edge.
Hamilton put 10 more shots on goal in the second period and cut the Bantam advantage in half when sophomore blue liner Emily Walther (Newtown, Pa.) scored on a rebound of a shot by senior forward Emily Williams (Fallbrook, Calif.). Trinity received an insurance goal with a blast from the right that trickled around the iron before dropping inside the crease 5:17 after the final intermission. Trinity killed off two penalties in the final seven minutes and Karpman finished with 28 saves. Venne had 25 stops for the Continentals who outshot the Bantams, 29-28, and went 0-for-4 on power plays. Hamilton committed just one late penalty over 60 minutes.