Women's hockey falls at Endicott after wild third period

Alayna Trice '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Alayna Trice '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Endicott College's Alyssa Peterson made 43 saves and the Gulls rallied for a 3-2 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Endicott's Raymond J. Bourque Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (4-4-0 overall) was playing for the first time in four weeks. The loss was the first for the Continentals against a non-conference opponent this season. Hamilton peppered the Gulls' net with 45 shots, including 18 in the third period, and killed all three of Endicott's power-play opportunities.

Endicott (11-1-0) received votes in the most recent USCHO.com Division III Top 10 poll released back on Dec. 9. The Gulls' lone loss was at then-nationally ranked No. 7 Norwich University on Nov. 12. Jillian Gibbs led Endicott's offense against the Continentals with a goal and an assist. Michaela McNamara added two helpers.

Hamilton's Alayna Trice '20 scored her first goal this season and Kate Piacenza '21 tallied her team-high fifth. Missy Segall '21, who won 21 of 30 faceoffs, and Michaela Giuttari '20 were credited with assists. Segall leads the Continentals with six and both her and Giuttari top the team with nine points. Gab Venne '22 stopped 19 shots in nearly 58 minutes in net.

The Gulls trailed 2-1 midway through the third period, but Jacy Kuhlman tied the score on her goal with 5:56 left, and Jade Meier notched the game-winner with 3:27 remaining. Peterson turned away six shots in the final three minutes and ignored the extra pressure Hamilton put on her after the Continentals pulled Venne for an extra skater with 2:03 to go.

A shot by Segall hit the post midway through the scoreless first period before Endicott's Gibbs scored the first goal at 12:05 of the second. The Gulls hung on to their 1-0 edge until Trice connected at 6:44 of the third period on passes from Maddie Beitler '21 and Abby Kuhns '23. Piacenza put Hamilton in front on a power-play goal with 8:48 left immediately after another shot by Segall clanged off the post.

The teams meet again in Beverly, Mass., at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5. Hamilton and Endicott had never played in women's hockey prior to this weekend.