Hartford, Conn. — The Trinity College women’s ice hockey program scored two goals in the third period, but it wasn’t enough, as Amherst took the final game of the season series inside the Koeppel Community Center, 5-2. The Bantams (5-8-3, 0-7-1 NESCAC) saw two different goal scorers in the contest and didn’t allow a goal in the final 20 minutes, but the Mammoths (9-4-4, 4-3-3 NESCAC) were dominant in the early parts of the game, earning the win.
Amherst goaltender Caitlin Walker kept the Mammoths ahead for the entirety of the game, making 37 stops in win.
Scoring started just ten minutes into the first period, and it was the visitors who took the lead. After nearly killing off a penalty, a shot from junior Mia DelRosso was saved; the rebound kicked out in front of the crease, where sophomore Angelina Wiater was able to put in the rebound.
Similar to the first goal, Amherst doubled its lead just three minutes into the second period on a rebound. This time, junior Emma Lynn fired a shot; after a juicy pad-save rebound, senior Eliza Laylock touched it home, making it 2-0.
At the 12:37 marker in the second period, it was the Mammoths once again who scored, making it 3-0 on a beautiful goal. First-year Carley Daly scored her third goal of the weekend in style; with the Bantams on the power play, Daly tracked down a Trinity defender and turned her over. A beautiful move set her up in front of the net, where she roofed a back-handed shot, making it 3-0.
The Mammoths tacked on another less than three minutes later. After first-year Jillian Mazzocca turned a Bantam over on the blue line, she got herself in position to score; junior Emma Flynn picked it up and sent it down to Mazzacca, who turned and wristed her shot in.
Another Mammoth goal with 6:51 extended the lead to five goals, with the setup being just as nice as the goal itself. Flynn pushed the puck down behind the net, where sophomore Stephanie Nomicos was waiting; she fed a streaking Kate Pohl, who rocketed in the final goal of the period.
Trinity netted its first goal to open the third period, cutting the deficit to four goals. Sophomore Ellie Fellows received a pass after classmate Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) turned over an Amherst defender in Trinity’s offensive zone; she fed junior Sierra Lee (Ferguson’s Cove, Nova Scotia) who made a move around netminder Caitlin Walker for the score.
Making it an exciting third period, The Bantams struck again to cut the deficit to three. Sophomore Cassidy McNeeley (South Easton, Mass.) turned over a Mammoth during a penalty kill and skated into the attacking zone; her wrist shot didn’t stand a chance at being saved, making it 5-3.
Despite the fireworks in the third period, neither side scored again. The Bantams, for the second time this season, outshot its opponents in a loss, 39-37.
Trinity returns to the ice next weekend, traveling to Maine for two road contests. The Bantams will see Colby twice, with puck drop on Friday night slated for 7 p.m.