Women's hockey rallies for overtime win against Trinity

Mya Berretta '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Mya Berretta '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Mya Berretta '22 scored 2:21 into the sudden-victory overtime period and lifted the Continentals to a 3-2 win over the Trinity College Bantams at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.

The Continentals (7-6-0, 3-4 NESCAC) trailed 1-0 early in the first period and 2-1 early in the third. Hamilton held a 38-28 shot advantage including 20-7 from the start of the third period until Berretta's overtime goal. The Continentals, who went to an extra period for the first time this season, were 1-for-4 on the power play. Hamilton and Trinity will meet again at Sage Rink on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m.

The Bantams (5-6-2, 0-5-0) lost their third straight game as they continue to search for their first conference win this season. Trinity scored on its lone power-play opportunity early in the third period.

Berretta's game-winner was her second goal of the night. It was the second multi-goal game of her career with the Continentals. Maura Holden '23 was credited with a pair of assists and Sidney Molnar '22 made 26 saves in her first NESCAC start this season. Missy Segall '21 won 15 of 22 faceoffs.

A little more than two minutes into overtime, Michaela Giuttari '20 intercepted a clearing attempt by the Bantams and kept the puck in Hamilton's offensive zone near the left-side boards just inside the blue line. Giuttari quickly sent a pass over to Kelli Mackey '20 above the right faceoff circle and Mackey took a wrist shot that was deflected wide to the end boards. Kate Piacenza '21 skated below the goal line to retrieve the loose puck and sent it towards the right post where Berretta was stationed. Berretta stuffed it into the net closer to the left post for her fourth goal and touched off a joyous celebration.

Ellie Fellows gave Trinity a 1-0 lead 1:15 into the first period on a one-timer from the slot before Hamilton's Allie Curry '23 tied the score at 11:29 of the first with her second collegiate goal. Holden's shot from the slot was kicked away by Kai-Lilly Karpman (35 saves), but Curry pounced on the rebound and put in a backhander from near the left post. Giuttari collected her 10th assist and 15th point -- both team highs -- on Curry's goal.

The score remained tied until a power-play tally by Trinity's Cassidy McNeely at 2:49 of the third period. The Bantams self-destucted midway through the period when they were whistled for two penalties 23 seconds apart and the Continentals made them pay with 15 seconds left on the 5-on-3. Abby Kuhns '23 sent a wrist shot from above the right faceoff circle to the front of the net. Several players converged on the crease area and Berretta poked at the puck a couple times before it eventually snuck past Karpman for the game-tying goal with 7:52 left. Trinity put just one shot on net the rest of regulation and overtime.