Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's ice hockey program played an even contest against Williams Friday, but couldn't find the back of the net, falling 2-0 in front of its home crowd. The Bantams (5-4-2, 0-3-0 NESCAC) outshot Williams (6-4-1, 3-2-0 NESCAC) 28-23 and committed just two penalties on the evening and will look to take those positives into Saturday afternoon's rematch.
Both teams saw chances in the closing ten minutes of the first period, with each goaltender putting on a clinic early. Trinity's best opportunity came late in the first, drawing a Eph penalty in the final three minutes but unable to find twine before the intermission.
Williams led a breakout late in the second, seeing a three-on-one stopped by senior goaltender Kai-Lily Karpman (Playa del Ray, Calif.). With four minutes left in the period, the Ephs broke the stalemate. First-year Kelly McCarthy fired a wrister that was deflected off a defender before fluttering in, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Trinity closed out the second with a flurry of shots, and began the third with a similar pace. With 15 minutes left, however, Williams doubled its lead after a Bantam turnover in its defensive end. First-year Paige Galle turned it over and fed sophomore Delaney Szlezyngier, who walked in alone and beat Karpman to make it 2-0.
The Bantams had to wait to pull its goaltender in the third, killing off a penalty with three minutes remaining in the period. Trinity forced on four shots late, but Eph goaltender Chloe Heiting stayed perfect between the pipes, handing the Bantams its third league loss of the season.
Both teams hit the ice inside the Koeppel Center once again Saturday afternoon with the Bantams looking for its first NESCAC win of the season. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m.