Women's hockey salvages NESCAC weekend split at Colby with shutout

Sidney Molnar '22 (photo courtesy of www.mckeephotoarts.com)
Sidney Molnar '22 (photo courtesy of www.mckeephotoarts.com)

Hamilton College's Sidney Molnar '22 made 25 saves and Maddie Beitler '21 had a goal and an assist in the Continentals' 3-0 NESCAC win over the Colby College Mules at Colby's Alfond Ice Rink on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (12-8-0, 6-6 NESCAC) held a 34-25 advantage in shots and dealt the Mules their first loss at home. The Continentals, who received votes in this week's USCHO.com Division III Top 10 poll, scored one power-play goal in five chances and were able to kill all five of their penalties. Hamilton is back on the road at Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The Cardinals are winless in conference play.

The Mules (12-5-3, 7-3-2) edged the Continentals 2-1 on Friday night in Waterville, Maine. Nina Prünster turned away 31 shots.

Molnar posted her second shutout in six NESCAC starts. She's 4-2 with a 1.34 goals against average and .946 save percentage. Beitler recorded the first multi-point game of her Hamilton career. Missy Segall '21 won 15 of 26 faceoffs.

Michaela Giuttari '20 gave the Continentals a 1-0 lead with 2:30 left in the first period. Giuttari scored 33 seconds into Hamilton's second power play on assists from Abby Kuhns '23 and Kate Piacenza '21. Giuttari is tied for the team lead with seven goals and is fourth in the conference with 19 points.

The Continentals clung to their one-goal lead until the third period after they thwarted two Colby power plays early in the second. Katherine Solohub '23 fed Beitler for her second goal this season at 5:35 of the third and Maddie Hong '23 scored her second exactly four minutes later. Hong, who won 8 of 13 faceoffs, found the back of the net after passes from Beitler and Nancy Loh '22.

The Mules had one last chance to get on the board late in the third after Hamilton had two players land in the penalty box just 18 seconds apart. Colby had pulled its goaltender with 1:35 remaining after the first penalty and the Mules had a 6-on-3 advantage for 28 seconds. Colby was forced to put Prünster back in the net after one of the Mules was whistled for tripping with 49 seconds to go. Colby mustered just one shot with their advantage and added one more in the final seconds.