Hartford, Conn. -- The Trinity College women's ice hockey team opened the 2014-15 season by skating to a 2-2 tie with in-state rival Connecticut College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Williams Rink inside the Koeppel Community Sports Center on Saturday night. For the second straight season, the Bantams and the Camel start the year with a tie.
Between the pipes, Trinity sophomore goaltender Claudia Escue (Carbondale, Colo.) had her strongest game as member of the Bantams turning aside 43 shots, including 14 in both the first and third periods. On the opposite end, senior tri-captain Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) made 31 saves, highlighted by 13 in the second stanza.
The Camels opened the scoring with lone goal in the first period as first-year forward Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) potted her first collegiate tally 11:36 into the game. Senior tri-captain Amanda Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) and sophomore forward Stephanie Izzi (West Cornwall, Conn.) set the play up nicely and registered the assists.
Late in the second period, Trinity knotted the score at one as junior forward Shannon Farrell (Kennebunk, Maine) broke to the net and scored on a rebound. Farrell's first of the season was assisted by junior forwad Cheeky Herr (Princeton, N.J.) and first-year forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.). Also in the period, neither team was able to capitalize on their power-play opportunities as all four penalties were successfully killed during the stanza.
Trinity took its first lead of the game and of the season seven minutes into the third period as Finn flicked a backhand past Fralick with Farrell and senior tri-captain Lauren Fitzgerald (Milton, Mass.) registering the assists. A pair of late penalties less than 10 seconds apart proved to hurt the Bantams as Connecticut College capitalized with the extra skater and tied the score at two with under a minute remaining in regulation. Sophomore forward Michaela Igo (Sandwich, Mass.) netted the game-tying tally that would force overtime and close the scoring on the evening.
In the extra frame, both netminders came up with big saves to preserve the tie as both squads earned a point in league play.
Connecticut College outshot the Bantams, 45-33, and the Camels went 1-for-4 with the extra skater, while Trinity went 0-for-4 on the power play.
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