NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Connecticut College and Trinity College women's hockey teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the season opener for both sides that was played in front of a packed crowd of 400 fans at Dayton Arena Friday night.
Connecticut College junior net-minder Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) made 44 saves for the hosts. Kristen Maxwell (Nashville, Tenn.) stopped 37 shots for the Bantams.
Cheeky Herr (Princeton, N.J.) opened the scoring for the Bantams with 3:30 remaining in the first period. Herr tipped in the puck with the assist coming from Shannon Farrell (Kennebunk, Maine).
But the Camels cashed in on their power play to even things up at one with 9:52 remaining in the middle period. Jane Pagano (Erie, Pa.) buried a slap shot from the high slot with senior Courtney Dumont (Yarmouth, Maine) assisting with her 63rd collegiate point.
Fralick made a magnificent game-saving stop in a 4-on-3 shorthanded situation with 2:35 remaining in regulation. Abby Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) was able to lead Herr in on a one-on-one break against the keeper for what most in the arena thought would be her second score of the night. Herr exploded to the goal and attempted to beat Fralick to the near post side of the goal but Fralick was able to come away with the game-saving stab.
Moments later with 2:14 to go, senior Sarah Duncan (Dedham, Mass.) unloaded from the left point for the Bantams but Fralick was able to make the stop with her left blocker to preserve the tie.
Fralick made another clutch stop early in the overtime. The Camels had an excellent scoring chance when Pagano lifted one on her back hand with 42.5 seconds left as she broke free down the right side of the offensive zone but Maxwell was able to climb the ladder to make the stop.
More and more fans are showing up to watch these two teams compete in this longstanding Nutmeg State rivalry.
The Bantams held a 45-to-39 advantage on the shot chart. But an effective Camel penalty killing unit was a perfect 5-for-5 in the draw.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon for a 3:00 p.m. game in New London.