Trinity Women's Ice Hockey Clinches Home Playoff Game With Win At Wesleyan

Middletown, Conn. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams erupted for three third-period goals to take a 4-1 New England Small College Athletic Cnference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey win against the Wesleyan University Cardinals this evening. Trinity clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship Tournament and will host No. 5-seeded Hamilton in the first round on Saturday, Feb. 25. Trinity now stands 8-7 in NESCAC play and 13-10 for the season and has won 12 of 16 games since starting the season 1-6. Wesleyan fell to 4-19 and 3-12 in NESCAC action, but the Cardinals' playoff hopes are still alive heading into tomorrow's rematch in Hartford at 3 p.m.  Trinity earned a home quarterfinal game for the fifth straight season, and won its 10th straight against Wesleyan.  The Cardinalsn can still earn their first NESCAC Championship berth since the 2003-04 season, depending on Saturday's results. A Wesleyan win or Colby College loss to Hamilton would clinch the No. 8 seed for Wesleyan. The Cardinals also clinch the with a tie and Colby loss or tie.

Sophomore forward Whitney Colbert (Ithaca, N.Y.) put Trinity on the board with 12:03 gone in the first period. Colbert followed up a shot from the left circle by senior captain defender Dominique Di Dia (Los Angeles, Calif.), poking in the rebound for the only tally in the first two periods.  Trinity put the game away with three goals in a span of 3:18 in the third period. Sophomore forward Lauren Glynn (Westwood, Mass.) gave the Bantams a 2-0 lead on a breakaway midway through the period. Glynn took control of the puck in the Bantams' defensive zone, beat a Wesleyan defenseman, and tucked a shot inside the right post at 9:09 for her seventh goal of the year.  Sophomore Abby Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) made it a 3-0 game at 11:27, taking a pass from the left circle and firing a wrister from the slot, and added her second tally of the night two minutes later on a wrister over the left shoulder of Wesleyan junior netminder Ashleigh Corvi (Barrington, R.I.), who was sprawled on the ground, at 13:27.  Freshman Cara Jankowski (Elkins, N.H.) gave Wesleyan its lone goal at the 15:49 mark of the third. Jankowski fired a high shot from the slot with Wesleyan on the power play that found the top-right corner of the net for her fourth tally of the season.  Corvi finished with 30 saves in the Wesleyan net. Sophomore Alexa Pujol (New Canaan, Conn.) had 28 saves for Trinity, including a stop on a Wesleyan breakaway with just under 17 minutes gone in the second period.

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