Kuhns '23 scores third in women's hockey NESCAC setback at Colby

Abby Kuhns '23 (Josh McKee photo)
Abby Kuhns '23 (Josh McKee photo)

Colby College goaltender Nina Prünster made 35 saves and the Mules edged the Hamilton College Continentals 2-1 in NESCAC action at Colby's Alfond Ice Rink on Friday night.

Hamilton (11-8-0, 5-6-0 NESCAC) received votes in this week's USCHO.com Division III Top 10 poll. The Continentals held a 36-20 shot advantage but went 0-for-4 on the power play. Hamilton and the Mules play again in Waterville, Maine, on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.

Colby (12-4-3, 7-2-2) remained undefeated in 11 games at home. The Mules won 34 of 56 faceoffs.

The Continentals put forth a strong defensive effort in the first period and limited a normally potent Colby offense to just four shots. Prünster '22 was kept busy, turning away 12 of 13 Hamilton shots. The only goal of the period came at 7:15 when Hamilton defender Abby Kuhns '23 sailed a slap shot over Prünster's glove hand for her third goal of the season. Missy Segall '21 was credited with her ninth assist and 16th point. Hamilton created some chances on a late power play with three shots including two on goal.

Colby came out aggressively in the second period and took the momentum. The equalizer came at 4:34 with a power-play goal by McKinley Karpa. Colby gave the Continentals a second power-play chance shortly after tying the game, but Hamilton managed just one shot on goal. The Mules dominated puck possession for most of the period but Continental goaltender Sidney Molnar '22 kept the score tied with 11 saves. There was cause for concern as time expired as Mules' captain Tess Dupre suffered an apparent injury.

Colby continued to create chances early in the third with two shots on Molnar (18 saves). Hamilton took a second penalty at 4:50 on an interference call. The Continentals' penalty kill was effective and limited Colby to one shot. Hamilton got its chances on the power play at 7:49 and again at 10:27 when Natalie Maus '21, who came into the game without a single penalty on the season, was called for her second minor of the night. Hamilton took two shots on goal during the latter power play.

The deciding goal came with 2:38 left when Cindy Giandomenico put home a rebound after a shot by Lauren Klein. Molnar was pulled for an extra skater with 75 seconds remaining and the Continentals got the puck on Prünster, but could not find an opening. A shot by Segall on a breakaway attempt was turned away as time expired.

-- Recap by Jaelin Robin '22