Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore forward Jordan Cross (Saugas, Mass.) scored the game's only goal in the final period to give the visiting Connecticut College Camels a 1-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey action this afternoon at Williams Rink. Trinity, playing for the first time in 27 days drops to 1-6-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the NESCAC while extending its winless streak to four games (0-3-1). The Camels, ranked No. 7 in the nation, improve to 7-2-1 overall and 4-1 in the league. Connecticut College is 3-0-1 in its last four games this winter and in its last four against the Bantams.
The first two periods featured few scoring chances despite 43 combined shots between the teams. Trinity junior goaltender Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) made 25 stops in the first two periods of her season debut, after missing the fall semester with an injury, while Camel senior goalie Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.) held the Bantams scoreless with 19 saves in the opening 40 minutes.
Cross potted the clincher with 8:15 remaining in the final frame, redirecting a shot from the blue line by sophomore defender Olivia Good (Woodbury, Conn.) who had received a pass across the back from classmate Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.). Trinity nearly tied it during a power play with 2:50 left to play when sophomore forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) fed classmate Lindsay Miller (Manhasset, N.Y.) in front of the crease, but Miller got off one shot that was stopped by Chester and was knocked down by a swarm of Connecticut College defenders before she could poke in a rebound. Trinity's final chance came with a face off in the Camel end with 15 seconds on the clock, but the visitors were able to block two decent looks by Bantam junior Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) and preserve the shutout.
Connecticut College finished with a 40-to-29 shooting edge and the teams combined to go 0-for-4 on power plays. Belinskas finished with 39 saves and Chester totaled 29. The Bantams and Camels will complete the two-game set in Hartford tomorrow night at 7.