NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) recorded her third shutout in eight days and classmate Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) recorded a shorthanded goal to help lead the No. 9 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a 2-0 win over Trinity on Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.
Connecticut College (8-2-1, NESCAC 5-1-0) got on the board at the 8:59 mark of the first period and never looked back. Senior Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) fired a shot that was saved by Sydney Belinskas, and sophomore Elizabeth Cho (Soldotna, Alaska) potted the rebound through traffic for her first marker of the season.
After an evenly played first period which saw the teams attempt 13 shots apiece which were on target, the Camels doubled their lead while playing shorthanded. Senior Lily Connolly (Duxubry, Mass.) won a faceoff in the Camels' defensive half and fired the puck up to Gualtieri, who burst through the Trinity defense and shot the puck past an unprotected Belinskas for her fourth marker this winter which would also seal the outcome.
Mertz, who most notably denied several Bantam scoring opportunities in the third period, picked up her fourth shutout of the season and third in the last four games by making 26 saves for Connecticut College. Belinskas of Trinity (2-8-0, NESCAC 0-6-0) turned away 29 shots in the losing effort.
Connecticut College will continue a seven-game homestand when it hosts Saint Anselm on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.