Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women’s ice hockey program led twice Friday night, but conceded a goal with 2:21 left in overtime, falling to Hamilton 3-2. The Bantams (5-6-2, 0-5-0 NESCAC) scored goals in the first and third period only to be matched by the Continentals (7-6-0, 3-4-0) in both frames.
Once again, senior goaltender Kai-Lily Karpman (Playa del Ray, Calif.) had an exceptional night between the pipes, making 35 saves in the setback.
The Bantams have scored just five first period goals this season but needed just over a minute to strike first in Friday’s contest. Sophomore Ellie Fellows (Westport, Mass.) scored her second of the season at the 1:15 minute marker in the first, with helpers credited to sophomore Katie Marsden (Hessle, England) and classmate Bailey McKeon (Frisco, Texas).
Ten minutes later, the Continentals leveled the score. After a handful of shots, Allie Curry was able to sneak one past Karpman, making it 1-1 through the opening 20 minutes.
After a scoreless second period, Trinity once again found itself with an advantage. Just over two minutes into the third period, sophomore Cassidy McNeeley (South Easton, Mass.) buried Trinity’s sixth power play goal of the season, with sophomore Bergen Kobenia (Hopkins, Minn.) and senior Alex Sinson (Elm Grove, Wisc.) earning the apples on the play.
Hamilton’s Mya Berretta scored the equalizer with eight minutes left in the period, matching Trinity’s power play tally and ultimately forcing overtime. With just over two minutes to play in the five-minute overtime, it was Berretta again who scored, handing Trinity its fifth conference loss of the season.
Five different sophomores earned a point in Friday’s setback. The Bantams were outshot 38-28 on the evening but were 1-1 on the power play and saw 11 blocked shots.
The Bantams will close out its two-game series against Hamilton Saturday afternoon, as the Continentals play host for a 4 p.m. puck drop.