Hartford, Conn. – Senior captain Alex Sinson (Elm Grove, Wisc.) and junior Camille von Steinbergs (Minnetonka, Minn.) each scored twice to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s ice hockey action this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity improves to 6-11-4 overall and 1-10-2 in the NESCAC while snapping a 10-game winless skid (0-8-2) to open the two-game series against Bowdoin in Hartford. The Polar Bears drop to 8-10-3 overall and 4-8-1 in the league. Trinity, which also upended Bowdoin, 2-1, in overtime on January 2, will entertain the Polar Bears again tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Trinity, which reached its highest scoring output in a NESCAC game since 2009-10, did not score in the first period on eight shots, but erupted for four goals in the second frame to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead. Bowdoin nearly got on the board midway through the first period, but Trinity senior goaltender Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa del Ray, Calif.) denied Polar Bear freshman forward Brett Stoddard (Concord, N.H.) on a wraparound. Inside the final minute of the first frame, Bowdoin junior forward Julie Surgenor (Meriden, N.H.) scored the first goal of the game from classmate Nell Fusco (Winchester, Mass.).
Trinity answered quickly after the first break, as von Steinbergs converted on the first of two helpers by junior forward Sierra Lee (Ferguson’s Cove, Nova Scotia) 37 ticks into the second period after Bowdoin went a player down with a penalty out of the faceoff. Sinson scored her first goal at 7:50 of the second period to give Trinity the lead for good, and added the eventual game-winner on a re-direct from junior Bergen Kobienia (Edina, Minn.) at the 10:15 mark. The Bantams closed out the dominant middle frame on von Steinbergs’ second goal with 5:16 on the clock.
Trinity kept its momentum out of the final intermission, when sophomore forward Angelica Mushenko (East Longmeadow, Mass.) netted an unassisted goal 5:46 into the third stanza. Rookies Lily Kate Delaney (Groton, Mass.) and Ethel Wilhelmsson (Stockholm, Sweden) sandwiched two more Bantam goals around an unassisted tally by Polar Bear sophomore forward Angelina Joyce (Newton, Mass.) to close out the scoring. Karpman finished with 26 saves, while Bowdoin’s Danielle Marquez (Long Beach, Calif.) and Meagan Miranda (Mendon, Mass.) combined for 39 stops. Kobienia joined Lee with two assists for Trinity.