HARTFORD, Conn. – Freshman Julia Lee of the Trinity College women's ice hockey team scored her first collegiate goal at the 14:16 mark of the first during a 2-0 NESCAC win over Wesleyan University on Friday evening in Hartford, Conn., as sophomore goalie Allegra Grant led the way for the Cardinals, stopping 35-of-36 shots.
The two teams will face off again in a pivotal matchup at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Middletown, Conn., as Wesleyan (5-12-4, 1-8-4 NESCAC) currently sits in eighth place in the NESCAC standings, and Trinity (6-14-1, 2-10-1 NESCAC) is right behind in the ninth slot. The Cardinals and Bantams each have three regular-season games remaining, and the top-eight teams qualify for the conference tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals took a penalty with 6:11 remaining in the first, and the Bantams cashed in on the advantage with some nifty passing. Sophomore forward Olivia White possessed the puck on the left wing, and sent a pass onto the stick of senior forward Tasha Adams at the point. Adams then ripped a drive toward the net, which was redirected in front of the crease by Lee, as the tally stood up as the game winner at the Koeppel Community Sports Center.
- Grant came up with timely saves all night, denying senior forward Kayla O'Connor on a breakaway with 15 minutes remaining in the first. With seven minutes on the clock in the opening period, the Winnetka, Ill. native made an incredible stop on a deflection by freshman forward Karinna Cave-Hawkins from point-blank range.
- Cardinals senior forward Cici Frattasio generated a scoring chance from the right wing in the final minute of the first, trying to go far side, but Bantams senior goalie Sydney Belinskas was able to make a pad save.
- The Cardinals applied a great deal of pressure during a shift early in the third period. With three minutes, 40 seconds elapsed, junior forward Gina Mangiafridda ripped a drive from the right slot, which was saved by Belinskas, and then freshman defensewoman Maggie Curran fired a shot off the rebound, but the attempt was also denied.
- With 2:45 left in regulation, Cardinals sophomore forward Alexis Banquer, who leads the squad with 11 points on four goals and seven assists, took a shot with a great deal of velocity from the left slot, but the Bantams netminder read the drive well and turned it aside.
- Wesleyan pulled Grant with 1:38 left for an extra attacker, and then Trinity iced the game with en empty-net tally by sophomore defensewoman Alex Sinson with 1:12 on the clock from the Bantams' blue line. Senior forward Kelcie Finn picked up an assist on the tally, as she leads the Bantams in goals (eight) and points (12).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Trinity held a 37-17 lead in shots, as Belinskas (4-9-1) earned the win for Trinity with a 17-save performance. Grant (2-9-4) turned away double-digit shots in each period, including all 25 attempts during the final 40 minutes.
- Freshman forward Sydnee Goyer won 7-of-10 on faceoffs for Wesleyan, and Cave-Hawkins paced Trinity, going 11-for-15 in the dot.
- The Bantams went 1-for-3 on the power play, and Wesleyan was 0-for-2, as there was a total of seven minor penalties.
- Trinity now leads the all-time series with a mark of 23-12-4, with the series dating back to the 1997-98 season.