Boston, Mass. - The Trinity College Bantams advanced to the finals of the Codfish Bowl Women's Ice Hockey Tournament with a 4-1 victory over the Endicott College Gulls in the opening round at the University of Massachusetts-Boston this afternoon. Trinity improves to 3-5 and will play the host Beacons in the Codfish Bowl Finals tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Gulls drop to 6-3-2 and wil take on Canton State in the consolation game tomorrow at 1 p.m. Mass.-Boston downed Canton State, 3-1, in the other first-round game today. Trinity won four Codfish Bowl crowns in a row from 2008 to 2011, and the Bantams have never played in the tournament and not won it.
After a scoreless opening period that saw the teams combine for just six shots on goal, Trinity scored twice in a 1:27 span early in the second frame. Junior forward Kate Fraley (Edina, Minn.) scored the first goal from sophomore Caroline Howell (Lyme, N.H.) 5:06 into the middle period and senior forward Cheeky Her (Princeton, N.J.) fed sophomore forward Melissa Maffeo (Melrose, Mass.) on the second tally with 13:27 on the clock. Endicott outshot the Bantams, 12-7, in the second stanza, but sophomore netminder Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) made 12 of her 21 saves to keep the Gulls scoreless after 40 minutes.
Trinity went ahead, 3-0, on a goal by rookie Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) 1:45 after the final break, but Lexi Klein cut into the Bantam lead with a goal for the Gulls with 8:46 remaining in regulation. The score remained at 3-1 for 8:45 before Trinity senior forward Emma Tani (Orange, Calif.) scored a short-handed empty-netter with one second left to play. There were no penalties for the first 58 minutes of the contest, before a two-minute cross-checking call on the Bantams. Vendela Jonsson had 20 saves for Endicott, which sees its winless streak pushed to five games (0-2-3) after a 6-0 start to the program's first-ever varsity season.