Hartford, Conn. – Junior forward Kate Fraley (Edina, Minn.) had a goal and two assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 7-0 victory against the visiting SUNY Canton Kangaroos this evening in women's ice hockey action on Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 9 in the nation, wins its first game of the year and the first in the collegiate coaching career for Head Coach Keith Maurice. The Kangaroos drop to 4-5-1 with their first loss in four games.
Trinity dominated play from the start, finishing with 50 shots on goal to 16 for Canton State and receiving goals from seven different skaters, but did not get on the board until 12:37 into the opening period. Bantam senior forward Emma Tani (Orange, Calif.) hit the post with a shot in transition in the opening minute of play, while Canton State freshman forward Jessica Pele (Estevan, Saskatchewan) was denied a goal on a nice save by Trinity sophomore netminder Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) later in the first period. Bantam sophomore forward Melissa Maffeo (Melrose, Mass.) scored the first goal after a steal in the Kangaroo defensive zone, converting on an assist by junior defender Jessica Stowell (Hadley, Mass.) with a late move to beat Canton State rookie goaltender Illie Berisha (Lake Ariel, Pa.). Maffeo fed Trinity senior forward Cheeky Herr (Princeton, N.J.) in the middle from the left wing for the second Bantam goal with 3:41 left before the first break.
Trinity broke the game open in the second frame with consecutive goals in a 32-second span by sophomore forward Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) and first-year forward Lindsay Miller (Manhasset, N.Y.) and a short-handed tally by senior captain Shannon Farrell (Kennebunk, Maine) with 10 seconds remaining in the period. Belinskas finished with 16 saves to collect her first win and shutout of the season, while Berisha finished with 43 stops. Miller joined Fraley and Maffeo as a multi-point scorer for the Bantams with a goal and an assist, while rookie forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) added a pair of helpers.