Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women’s ice hockey program played nearly 40 minutes of scoreless hockey Sunday afternoon, but a goal with less than 30 seconds left in the second period was the difference maker as the #2 Middlebury College Panthers downed the Bantams 1-0.
Trinity (5-11-4, 0-10-2 NESCAC) kept it close with the second-ranked team in the country, but the hosts peppered on 38 shots in the contests, needing just one goal to seal the deal. Senior netminder Kai-Lily Karpman (Playa del Ray, Calif.) played a terrific game between the pipes, stopping 37 shots in the setback.
Trinity’s offense stepped up in the third period, racking up eight shots in the final 20 minutes during the attempted comeback.
Middlebury (15-2-3, 10-1-1 NESCAC) peppered on 18 shots in the second period alone, breaking Karpman just once for the game’s only goal. With 27 seconds remaining in the second period, Middlebury’s Jenna Letterie knocked home a backhanded shot after Karpman’s initial save kicked out in front of the crease.
The Bantams had its best opportunity late in the third period, drawing a check on the Panthers with 1:49 left. The visitors pulled the goaltender, but Middlebury’s defense stood tall, stopping all four shots to record the shutout.
The Bantams return to action Friday, February 14, playing host to Bowdoin. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 p.m.