Loh ’23 helps lead women’s hockey to NESCAC win at Trinity

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Hamilton College’s Nancy Loh ’23 scored twice and the Continentals defeated the Trinity College Bantams 4-3 on the road at Koeppel Community Sports Center on Friday night.

 

Hamilton improved to 7-4-0 overall and 4-3 in the NESCAC. Trinity, which held a 35-27 shot advantage and won 50 of 73 faceoffs, dropped to 6-3-1 and 2-2-0. The two teams will play each other again on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. in Hartford, Conn.

 

Hamilton started with a strong first period as the Continentals scored three times. Allie Curry ’23 opened the scoring at 6:45 in the period with her third goal. Sami Quackenbush ’24 intercepted a Trinity shot in Hamilton’s defensive end. Maddie Hong ’23 took the puck up the center of the ice, into the right corner and behind the net, setting up what looked like a wrap-around chance. Instead, Hong passed the puck to Curry at the center of the zone, and she fired off a quick shot that beat Stephanie Garvis (23 saves) across to the top-right corner

 

Emily Ferguson ’24 doubled Hamilton’s lead less than two minutes later at 8:38 with her first career goal. Ferguson stripped the puck from a Trinity player in Hamilton’s corner. She then passed it up to Lisa Ito-Bagshaw ’25 who carried it up the right side. As Ito-Bagshaw approached the net, she threw a pass across to Ferguson on the left side, and she beat Garvis across.

 

Loh added extra padding to Hamilton’s lead with 42.8 seconds left in the first. Loh grabbed the puck at the Hamilton blue line, carried it up the right boards and cut across the slot. She flipped a backhand shot behind Garvis for the 3-0 lead.

 

The Bantams broke through with 6:02 remaining in the second period. After Gab Venne ’22 blocked Claudia Capone’s initial shot, Olive Scull knocked the loose puck into the net. Angelica Mushenko brought Trinity within one with 1:08 to go in the second. Bergen Kobienia passed the puck to Mushenko at the blue line and she scored on the subsequent breakaway.

 

Capone tied the score on a power-play goal at 2:59 in the third period. Martina Exnerova and Claire Kennedy were credited with the assists.

 

Loh scored her second goal of the night at 7:01 in the third. After two subsequent Bantam penalties, Hamilton had a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity for 64 seconds. Abby Kuhns ’23 took the puck at the blue line and passed it down to Hong at the right corner. Hong passed the puck across the slot to Loh directly in front. Loh fired the quick shot on the open net for the lead. She leads the team with nine goals and 14 points. Kuhns has a team-high eight assists.

 

Venne made 32 saves in her third start of the season.

 

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