Hartford, Conn. – Rookie forward Katie Marsden (Hessle, England) scored the game-winning goal 8:12 into the third period, the first of her career, to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Connecticut College Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey action this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity evens its season record at 4-4 and improves to 2-3 in the NESCAC. The Camels, playing for the first time in 34 days, fall to 4-3-2 overall and 1-2-2 in the league. The teams will complete the two-game series in Hartford tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Marsden blasted the clinching tally past Connecticut College freshman goaltender Carly Denora (Verona, N.J.) from straight-on during a Trinity power play with assists credited to sophomores Sierra Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) and Camille von Steinbergs (Minnetonka, Minn.). The Bantams killed off a Connecticut College power play moments later without yielding a shot-on-goal, but the Camels pulled Denora with 2:26 still on the clock to give the visitors an extra skater one more time. Trinity junior backstop Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) made two saves and two other shots by Camel senior Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.) sailed wide, before von Steinbergs assisted Lee on an empty-netter with two ticks remaining.
The first two periods ended scoreless with Trinity doubling up Connecticut College 10 shots to five in the first stanza and the squads both shooting eight times in the second period. Connecticut College sophomore forward Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) hit the post at the 8:15 mark to account for the closest chance of the first frame. Karpman made a save to her right against Camel sophomore forward Mairi Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) off the opening face-off of the second period, and Marsden blocked Anthony's rebound bid with Karpman out of the net. Trinity first-year forward Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) was denied by Denora on a one-timer from the left wing midway through the middle frame, and sophomore Karinna Cave-Hawkins (Edgewater, Md.) missed wide from close on a similar opportunity five minutes into the third period.
Trinity finished with a 22-to-15 shooting advantage, as the teams combined for just six shots in the third period. Karpman finished with her second shutout in a row, totaling 15 saves, while Denora had 20 stops for Connecticut College. The Camels were 0-for-3 on power plays and Trinity was 1-for-4.