Trinity Women's Ice Hockey Clips Wesleyan On Overtime Goal By White

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Hartford, Conn. - First-year forward Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) scored the game-winning goal in overtime and junior goaltender Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) saved 39 of 40 shots to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey action this afternoon at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center.  Trinity improves to 8-12-2 overall and 7-6-1 in the NESCAC, sweeping the weekend, home-and-home series with the Cardinals with a pair of 2-1 wins and extending its winning streak against Wesleyan to six and its unbeaten streak against then to 22 games (18-0-3) dating back to the 2006-07 season opener.  Wesleyan drops to 7-10-4 overall and 4-8-2 in the league while extending its winless streak to six games (0-5-1).

White scored the clincher with 1:11 remaining in the 4x4 extra session, streaking down the middle and one-timing in a perfect feed from the left wing by senior defender Jessica Stowell (Hadley, Mass.) with an assist also credited to junior Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) on the play.  Trinity outshot Wesleyan, 5-1, in overtime, after being outshot, 38-26, in regulation, nearly scoring on a wrap-around from behind the net by Oganeku just over a minute into overtime and again on a hard shot and rebound bid in transition by junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) 22 seconds before White's deciding tally. 

Wesleyan came out strong, peppering Belinskas with 19 shots in the opening period and scoring during the game's first power-play on a rebound by senior forward Ellery Sarosi (Ann Arbor, Mich.) at the 7:23 mark.  The Cardinals almost went ahead, 2-0, midway through the first period,  but Belinskas left her feet twice to stop close Wesleyan shots by juniors Abby Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and Cici Frattasio (Walpole, Mass.).  Rutt and Frattasio both had assists on the Welseyan goal.  Oganeku had Trinity's closest chance in the first period but was stymied from point-blank range by Wesleyan rookie backstop Allegra Grant (Winnetka, Ill.).

After a scoreless first 19:59 of the second period that saw Grant make 12 of her 31 saves and the Cardinals kill off three penalties, Bantam junior forward Melissa Maffeo (Melrose Mass.) beat the horn by 0.2 seconds with the game-tying goal during a scramble in the crease.  Trinity senior captain Kate Fraley (Edina, Minn.) and junior Delaney Harrop (Walpole, Mass.) assisted on the goal.  Maffeo almost scored early in the final period, but Grant made a clutch save in a one-on-one situation, and Grant stopped a streaking Oganeku from close after a pass by Maffeo from the left wing inside the final minute of the final frame.  Rutt almost gave the visitors back the lead at the 6:55 mark when her wrister hit the top of the goal iron off Belinskas' glove.

Saturday, Mar. 25: All times Eastern
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Final
at Norwich 4, Trinity (Conn.) 1
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Saturday, Mar. 25: All times Eastern
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Final
at Norwich 4, Trinity (Conn.) 1
Box Score Recap
Friday, Mar. 24: All times Eastern
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Final - OT
at Norwich 5, Adrian 4
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Final
Trinity (Conn.) 3, at St. Norbert 2
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