Middletown, Conn. - First-year forward Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) had a goal and three assists to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 6-1 victory over the Wesleyan University Cardinals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey action this evening. Trinity improves to 9-9-3 overall and 6-4-3 in the NESCAC, while the Cardinals drop to 7-13-1 and 3-9-1 in the league. The teams will complete the two-game, home-and-home series tomorrow in Hartford at 4 p.m.
The Bantams got on the board at the 13:19 mark when rookie Angelica Mushenko (East Longmeadow, Mass.) intercepted a pass in transition, before tucking the puck inside the right post on a breakaway to make it 1-0. Wesleyan had a chance for the equalizer with 14:38 expired. Sarah Takahashi wrapped around the goal and fed a one-timer to Cali Stevens in the slot, but Stevens' shot was denied by Trinity junior goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.). The Bantams increased their lead at the 17:42 mark during a power play when sophomore Camille von Steinbergs (MInnetonka, Minn.) carried the puck down the left boards before wrapping around the net and sending a pass to rookie defender Bergen Kobienia (Hopkins, Minn.). Kobienia blasted a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle, making it 2-0 heading into intermission.
Out of the break, Trinity increased its lead to 3-0 with 3:28 expired when Flaherty tucked the puck inside the right post. The Bantams added a tally at the 14:05 mark after Flaherty's initial shot was denied by Wesleyan goaltender Allegra Grant. Trinity rookie Katie Marsden (Hessle, England) collected the rebound and snuck the puck past Grant for the 4-0 advantage. Trinity extended its lead to 5-0 just 24 seconds later when sophomore Sierra Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) redirected a shot by twin sister Julia Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia). With 17:09 expired in the second, Sophia Marra had a great chance to get Wesleyan on the board, but her shot hit the pipe and careened away.
The Cardinals cut the deficit to 5-1 with 7:57 expired during a power play when Sydnée Goyer tipped-in a shot by Gina Mangiafridda. The Bantams tallied a power-play goal with 1:01 remaining when Sierra Lee blasted a shot from the right faceoff circle to make it 6-1. Marsden totaled three points for Trinity with a goal and two assists, while sophomore Kayla Milofsky (Concord, Mass.). Karpman finished with 20 saves and Grant made 22 saves.