Hartford, Conn. – Senior forward Mackenzie Millen (Anchorage, Alaska) notched two goals and two assists to lead the visiting SUNY-Plattsburgh Cardinals to a 5-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in women’s ice hockey action this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity falls to 2-4, while the No. 2-ranked Cardinals improve to 10-1 with their fifth win in a row. Both teams are off until next year, as Trinity visits Castleton on January 2 and Plattsburgh State faces top-ranked Adrian at home in the East/West Showcase on January 6.
The game remained scoreless deep into the opening period, before a close wrist shot by Millen during a Trinity power play made its way past Bantam junior goaltender Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) with 3:49 left on the clock. Sophomore Abby Brush (Mount Prospect, Ill.) provided an assist on the play. Karpman finished the first period with 15 saves.
Plattsburgh State took a 3-0 lead in the second period when rookie forward Taylor Whitney (Livonia, Mich.) assisted both junior defender Hannah Kiraly (Glendale, Ariz.) and Millen on goals early goals. The Cardinals found themselves down two skaters thanks to back-to-back penalties just before the midpoint of the middle frame, but senior netminder Kasi Abbott (Medford, Mass.) made five saves over two minutes to keep the Bantams scoreless. Trinity first-year forward Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) took two of the five shots on good looks from the left wing.
Millen and Whitney assisted Cardinal rookie defender Sierra Benjamin (Palm Coast, Fla.) for a fourth Plattsburgh State goal during a power play with 8:03 remaining in the second period, and the pair fed freshman forward Moe Tsukimoto (Sapporo, Japan) for the game’s final goal in the third period. First-year forward Katie Marsden (Hessle, England) stole the puck in the Cardinal zone and passed to classmate Ellie Fellows (Westport, Mass.) for a close chance in the final minute, but Abbott made her 19th and final save to deny her. Karpman finished with 39 stops, as the Cardinals outshot Trinity, 44-19.