Hartford, Conn. - Bantam rookies Maggie Cusick (Chicago, Ill.) and Taylor Foy (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) netted goals in the third period to lift the Trinity College women's hockey team past the Bowdoin College Polar Bears, 2-0, on Senior Day for Trinity at the Koeppel Center on Saturday. The win improves Trinity to 9-12-3 overall and 8-6-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) while Bowdoin falls to 12-8-4 on the year and 7-6-3 in league play. Today's contest marked the final home regular season game for Bantam senior captains Kate Fraley (Edina, Minn.), Allie Bravi (Montreal, Quebec) and Jessica Stowell (Hadley, Mass.).
Trinity junior goalie Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) tallied 23 saves in her second shutout of the year while Polar Bear goaltender Kerri St. Denis (Harpswell, Maine) finished the afternoon with 27 stops. The Bantams held a 29-24 shot advantage, including a 14-6 clip in the third period, in a game that featured seven penalties.
Both teams combined for just 14 shots in the first period of play as neither team could form many true scoring opportunities. Trinity sophomore Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) almost put the Bantams on the board six minutes into the frame when she fired a wrist shot on net from the point, but the puck clinked off the top crossbar and bounced high into the glass behind the net. Bowdoin earned an extra attacker after a Trinity tripping penalty was called at the 12 minute mark but the Bantam penalty kill unit did its job to keep the Polar Bears off the scoreboard.
The second period saw four combined penalties by both teams, three called on Trinity, but neither side was able to break the deadlock. Belinskas and St. Denis both held tough, making nine saves each in the period, as the two teams entered the second intermission tied at zeros.
Trinity finally broke through just 2:52 into the final period when first-year Lauren MacMaster (St. Albert, Alberta) sent a pass to Cusick, positioned just outside the near-side faceoff circle on Bowdoin's defensive zone. Cusick quickly fired a wrist shot that beat St. Denis to the back of the net to put Trinity ahead 1-0. The goal was also Cusick's first of her career. The Bantams had a pair of power play opportunities in the period but weren't able to convert either as the game entered the final minutes with the Bantams still ahead 1-0. That changed with 1:17 to play when Bravi sent a pass to Foy who was set up just inside the blue line, and sent a clapper past St. Denis into the top shelf of the goal to put Trinity up 2-0 and seal the victory.