Trinity Women's Ice Hockey Plays Its Way Into Fifth Codfish Bowl Finals In Five Tries

Ali Bravi '17 and the Bantam defense held Endicott to one shot in the first period
Ali Bravi '17 and the Bantam defense held Endicott to one shot in the first period

Boston, Mass. - The Trinity College Bantams advanced to the finals of the Codfish Bowl Women's Ice Hockey Tournament with a 4-1 victory over the Endicott College Gulls in the opening round at the University of Massachusetts-Boston this afternoon.  Trinity improves to 3-5 and will play the host Beacons in the Codfish Bowl Finals tomorrow at 4 p.m.  The Gulls drop to 6-3-2 and wil take on Canton State in the consolation game tomorrow at 1 p.m.  Mass.-Boston downed Canton State, 3-1, in the other first-round game today.  Trinity won four Codfish Bowl crowns in a row from 2008 to 2011, and the Bantams have never played in the tournament and not won it.

After a scoreless opening period that saw the teams combine for just six shots on goal, Trinity scored twice in a 1:27 span early in the second frame.  Junior forward Kate Fraley (Edina, Minn.) scored the first goal from sophomore Caroline Howell (Lyme, N.H.) 5:06 into the middle period and senior forward Cheeky Her (Princeton, N.J.) fed sophomore forward Melissa Maffeo (Melrose, Mass.) on the second tally with 13:27 on the clock.  Endicott outshot the Bantams, 12-7, in the second stanza, but sophomore netminder Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) made 12 of her 21 saves to keep the Gulls scoreless after 40 minutes.

Trinity went ahead, 3-0, on a goal by rookie Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) 1:45 after the final break, but Lexi Klein cut into the Bantam lead with a goal for the Gulls with 8:46 remaining in regulation.  The score remained at 3-1 for 8:45 before Trinity senior forward Emma Tani (Orange, Calif.) scored a short-handed empty-netter with one second left to play.  There were no penalties for the first 58 minutes of the contest, before a two-minute cross-checking call on the Bantams.  Vendela Jonsson had 20 saves for Endicott, which sees its winless streak pushed to five games (0-2-3) after a 6-0 start to the program's first-ever varsity season.