Venne '22 makes 24 saves in women's hockey tie at Trinity

Gab Venne '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Gab Venne '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Maddie Beitler '21 scored her third goal of the season and Gab Venne '22 turned away 24 shots as the Continentals and Trinity College Bantams played to a 1-1 NESCAC tie on Friday night at Trinity's Albert Creighton Williams '64 Rink.

Hamilton (8-3-1, 3-1-1 NESCAC) outshot the Bantams 37-25, but Trinity goalie Kai-Lilly Karpman made 36 saves. Venne's goals against average is 0.97 and she raised her save percentage to .938 after her first career start in a conference game.

After a scoreless first period, Beitler opened the scoring 5:02 into the second. Andrea Rockey '19 retrieved the puck in the neutral zone and rushed into the Continentals' offensive zone. Rockey dropped the puck back for Jenna Jewell '19, who caught it in a crowd of Trinity skaters near the blue line, and she successfully sent a cross-ice pass to Beitler for a one-timer from the corner of the crease. Hamilton's Mya Berretta '22 nearly extended their lead to 2-0 a few minutes later when she intercepted an errant Trinity pass and found herself alone with Karpman, but Karpman came up with the one-on-one save.

Trinity (6-4-1, 3-3-1) evened the scoring 20 seconds into their only power play of the night during a skirmish in front of the net at 9:07 of the third period. The goal was credited to Cassidy McNeely, with Katie Marsden and Sierra Lee picking up the assists. The Bantams looked like they had the game-winner with a little more than six minutes left when Ellie Fellows had a clean look at net from close range, but Venne came up with the big stop.

The Continentals had 2:16 worth of power plays in the five-minute overtime period and took five shots but couldn't score the game-winning goal. Trinity's best opportunity came midway through overtime. Karinna Cave-Hawkins jumped in front of a Hamilton pass in the neutral zone and raced towards Venne with no one in front of her. Cave-Hawkins fired a wrist shot on goal but Venne once again stood strong.

The two teams will face each other again at Williams Rink inside the Koeppel Center on Saturday, January 12 at 4 p.m.

-- Release by Amanda Ghiloni '22