Middlebury, Vt. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams dropped a 4-1 decision against the Middlebury College Panthers in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey action this afternoon. Trinity falls to 5-10-4 overall and 0-9-2 in the NESCAC, while the No. 2- ranked Panthers improve to 14-2-3 overall and 9-1-1 in the league. Trinity rookie Ethel Wilhelmsson (Stockholm, Sweden) scored the Bantam goal 3:27 into the game to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Trinity and Middlebury will complete the two-game series in Vermont tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Wilhelmsson's goal from the bottom of the left circle fluttered over Middlebury goalie Lin Han for a 1-0 Bantam lead. Trinity junior Sierra Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) and sophomore Ellie Fellows (Westport, Conn.) assisted on the play. The hosts pulled even with a power-play marker with 12:59 on the clock, as Maddie Bayard cleaned up a rebound on a shot from the point by Anna Zumwinkle. The Panthers tacked on another goal with the player advantage when Mollie Dalbey slid in an attempt from the top of the crease. That tally came 5:23 before the first intermission, after Jenna Letterie was denied by Trinity rookie backstop Stephanie Garvis (Plymouth, Minn.) on the original chance.
In the middle period, the Bantams came up empty on three power plays. The Panthers tacked on a late tally for a 3-1 cushion when Letterie’s shot from the right wing was kicked out into the slot by Garvis and then deposited into the net by Katie Hargrave, with 1:07 on the clock. Middlebury added the only score of the final period on a power-play goal by Dalbey. The hosts killed off two more Bantam player advantages in the final period. Garvis had 35 stops for Trinity and Han had 19 saves. Middlebury finished 3-6 on the power play and Trinity was 0-for-6.