Amherst, Mass. – Tied at 1-1 midway through the third period, rookies Caelin Flaherty (Upton, Mass.) and Angelica Mushenko (East Longmeadow, Mass.) each scored, within 2:04 of one another, to lift the Trinity College women's hockey team to a clutch, 3-1 victory over the Amherst College Mammoths on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink in Amherst. The Bantams improve to 2-3-0 on the year and 1-3-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while Amherst falls to 2-2-1 on the season and to 1-2-1 in league play. Trinity returns to action on Friday night for a non-conference battle versus No. 2-ranked Plattsburgh State in the team's final game of 2018.
Earning a breakaway just over a minute into the battle, junior Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) nearly put the visitors ahead early as she split the defense at her defensive blue line and skated the length of the ice, however her wrister from the high slot was gloved down by the Amherst goalie Caitlin Walker. 30 seconds later, Mia DelRosso netted her first goal of the season with assists from Rose Mroczka and Kaitlin Hoang. Mroczka found DelRosso on the left point who powered a wrist shot over the shoulder of Trinity junior goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman (Playa Del Ray, Calif.) to give Amherst the edge, 1-0. The goal was Karpman's lone blemish of the afternoon as she made 32 saves in her second win of the season.
Trinity first-year Bailey McKeon (Frisco, Texas) deadlocked the contest at 1-1 with 4:17 remaining in the openining stanza. A shot by rookie Katie Marsden (Hessle, England) through traffic was met with a kick save, but the rebound deflected to McKeon in the high slot who fired a quick shot off the keeper and over the goal line. McKeon made a bid for her second goal of the game while down a skater with 1:52 on the clock, however Walker once again stood strong in between the pipes and stonewalled the attempt with a glove stop.
After a scoreless second period, Flaherty potted what stood as the game-winner at the 12:32 mark. Winning the faceoff at the right dot, junior Lauren Mac Master (St. Albert, Alberta) found Flaherty in the slot for the one-time score. With 5:24 to play in regulation, Trinity added an insurance goal when Mushenko capitalized on a dish from sophomore Karinna Cave-Hawkins (Edgewater, Md.) as she earned a clear path to net down the left boards and sent a shot into the back of the net. Amherst pulled Walker to gain an extra skate but Trinity's defense held strong as the Bantams came away with the 3-1 victory.