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Grant Records 35 Saves but Women’s Ice Hockey Falls to Trinity, 2-0, on the Road

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

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.


  • 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).


  • 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.


  • The Cardinals and Bantams will finish off their two-game series tomorrow with puck drop set for 3 p.m. at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink. The Cardinals will be celebrating Senior Day, honoring Alex Horton, Maddie Nash and Frattasio.