Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams played the visiting Amherst College Mammoths even for two periods before surrendering four goals in the final frame for a 6-2 setback in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey action on Friday night's home opener at Williams Rink. Trinity falls to 2-3 on the year while Amherst improves to 3-2. The two teams conclude the season series tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. in Hartford.
Trinity's best scoring opportunity in the first period came from freshman Julia Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia), as she blew past multiple Amherst players in the center of the ice to get a hard shot on net, but Amherst's goaltender Bailey Plaman (Bloomington, Minn.) made the save. With 3:22 left in the first period, the Mammoths had a 2-on-1 scoring chance, but senior goaltender Sydney Belinkas (Port Orange, Fla.) made a great save for the Bantams to keep the score at 0-0.
Trinity opened the scoring five minutes into the second period during a power play when first-year Karinna Cave-Hawkins (Edgewater, Md.) re-directed a shot from senior teammate Tasha Adams (Reston, Va.) to score her first career goal. Two and a half minutes later, Amherst's Emma Griese (Toronto, Ontario) found the back of the net after a scrum in front of the crease to even the score at 1-1. One minute after that, Trinity fired back as senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) blew past the Mammoth defense for a shot and the rebound was left for sophomore teammate Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) to put the Bantams up 2-1. The Bantams had another close scoring opportunity moments later when Abigail Riskevich (Shakopee, Minn.) hit the pipe. With three minutes remaining in the period, the Mammoths evened the score at 2-2 when Alex Toupal (New Brighton, Minn.) stole the puck in front of the net and fired a quick shot past Belinkas.
Amherst came out firing in the third period and Miriam Eickhoff (Hanover, N.H.) scored a quick power-play goal within the first minute. Amherst found the back of the net again halfway through the period when Jocelyn Hunyadi (Concord Township, Ohio.) received a pass from Toupal and slipped the puck past Belinkas to put the Mammoths up 4-2. Katelyn Pantera (North Branford, Conn.) and Rose Mroczka (Lee, N.H.) scored a pair of goals on a power play and empty netter, respectively, to increase the lead for the Mammoths. Trinity fought back and with three minutes left, pulled Belinskas to get an additional skater. Taylor Foy (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) ripped a shot from the blue line and Taylor Peracchio (Wayne, N.J.) followed up for a close scoring opportunity but could not light the lamp. For the night, Amherst slightly out-shot the Bantams, 27-26, while Belinskas finished with 21 saves and Plaman made 24 stops.