Women's ice hockey ties Trinity in another goalie showdown

Nikki Haskins '14
Nikki Haskins '14

Hamilton College and Trinity College skated to a 1-1 tie in a NESCAC game at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 19.

The Continentals (9-4-1 overall, 4-3-1 NESCAC) snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Bantams. Trinity is 4-0-1 in its last five games.

Nikki Haskins '14 scored an unassisted goal for the Continentals. Becca Hazlett '13 made 27 saves and improved her save percentage to .921 this season. Hazlett's goals against average went down to 1.75.

Hillary McNamara '13 notched the goal for the Bantams (7-4-4, 2-3-3) and Britney Ryan '13 was credited with her ninth assist. Alexa Pujol '14 made 35 stops one day after she turned away all 38 shots she faced in Trinity's 1-0 overtime win at Hamilton. Pujol's goals against average dropped to 1.50 and she raised her save percentage to .948.

The first period ended in a scoreless tie. With 11 minutes left in the opening frame, Trinity broke free for a 2-on-1, but Hazlett came up with the stop. The Continentals went on their second power play of the afternoon soon afterwards, and started a two-skater advantage at the 11:39 mark that lasted for 26 seconds, but didn’t register a shot on goal. Hamilton held a 10-5 shot advantage after 20 minutes.

The Continentals continued to dominate the action in the second period, Hamilton racked up eight shots in the first 12 minutes before the Bantams registered their first. With 6:17 left in the period, Trinity got on the board on a goal by McNamara. Ryan fired the initial shot from above the right faceoff circle and McNamara poked in the rebound for her second goal this season.

Just 2:08 later, Haskins notched Hamilton’s first goal of the weekend and her sixth this season. Haskins smacked a slap shot from the right faceoff circle on a rush into the offensive zone. Pujol bobbled the puck and it scooted away from her into the slot. Haskins followed her shot and swept it over the sprawling goalie. The goal snapped Pujol’s scoreless streak of 140 consecutive minutes.

Hamilton nearly took the lead with a little over a minute to go in the period when Jill Tokarczyk '14 took a shot from just outside the crease but Pujol turned it away. The Continentals got another shot on the rebound, but were denied again. Moments later, Trinity's Shannon Farrell '16 was on a breakaway with only the goalie to beat, but Hazlett came up with the save to preserve the 1-1 tie after two periods. Hamilton held a 14-6 shot advantage in the period.

Both teams had great scoring opportunities in the opening half of the third period. Brooke Heron ’16 hit the left post at 3:45 and Casey Brown '16 was stopped by Pujol on a breakaway about a minute later. Stephanie Lang '14 hit the post with 12:13 left and Haskins was denied on a 2-on-1 four minutes later.

The teams went to overtime for the second straight day. In the 4-on-4 extra period, Trinity’s best chance came less than two minutes in when Shelby Labe '16 had an open look from the point, but Hazlett made the save. Haskins had another open look with 1:50 left, but was turned away by Pujol. Hazlett made six saves and Pujol stopped four shots in the 5-minute overtime.

Hamilton outshot Trinity 36-28. The Continentals entered the day ranked fifth in Division III on the power play at 26.4 percent (14-53), but went 0-for-5 in this game and 0-for-8 for the weekend. The Bantams were 0-for-3 on the power play.

The Continentals head to nationally ranked Middlebury for two NESCAC games on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26. Trinity continues its road swing with conference games at Colby College on Friday and Saturday.

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