Hartford, Conn. - A third period goal scored by sophomore Andrea Rockey (Morgantown, W.V.) made the difference in a 1-0 game as the Hamilton College Continentals knocked off the Trinity College Bantams in Friday night New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's hockey action at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. Trinity falls to 1-8-1 overall and 0-5-1 in conference play while Hamilton improves to 8-3-0 on the year and 4-1-0 in league action.
Hamilton earned a slight shooting advantage over the Bantams for the evening, posting 24 shots compared to 23 by Trinity. Continental junior goaltender Sam Walther (Gambrills, Md.) stopped all 23 shots that came her way while Trinity junior goalie Jess Thulin (North Reading, Mass.) tallied 23 saves as well. The Bantams won the faceoff battle, 29-21, but couldn't sneak anything by Walther who earns her fourth shutout of the season.
The Bantams were whistled for six penalties in the game, the first of which came just 3:50 into the first period on a tripping call. Trinity's penalty kill unit held strong, highlighted by a great save by Thulin on a shot off the stick of Hamliton junior Caroline Knop (Lake Bluff, Ill.), to keep the game scoreless. Thulin came up clutch just a few moments later when, back at even strength, Katie Parkman (Stratford, Prince Edward Island) and Rockey rifled consecutive shots at Thulin who shut the door for saves number three and four.
Trinity nearly broke the scoreless game in the second period when, on a 2-on-1, Bantam junior Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) sent a wrist shot towards the net that bounced off the facemask of Walther to no avail. The second period featured just a pair of penalties that were both killed successfully by each team while neither team managed more than nine shots, however the Continentals nearly broke ahead in the waning seconds when senior Megan Ahern (Oswego, N.Y.) threw a shot towards goal that had a chance at finding the back of the top shelf, but missed just high.
Hamilton finally broke through when Parkman and Rockey found themselves skating into Trinity's defensive zone with just one defender to beat. Parkman controlled the puck on the far-side ice and waited until the last second, forcing Thulin to slide in front of the far-side post to prevent a shot, however Parkman dished a pass across the front of the crease to a streaking Rockey who buried the puck into the back of the net for the game-winner with 9:21 gone by in the third. Trinity nearly tied it while shorthanded just a minute later as junior Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) sent a pass towards the net to classmate Melissa Maffeo (Melrose, Mass.) who trailed the play, but the puck waffled by the crease and into the corner before Hamilton's defense scooped it up.
The two teams meet again tomorrow in the regular season series finale. Game time is set for 4 p.m.