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Hamilton College Continentals Women’s Hockey advance to semis

Goaltender Mac Donovan turned in a 24-save shutout on Saturday afternoon to lead the eighth-ranked Hamilton College Continentals Women’s Hockey Team to a 2-0 win over the tenth-ranked Trinity Bantams on Saturday afternoon at Russell Sage Rink. With the victory, Hamilton advances to the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament. They will travel to Orr Rink on Saturday, March 2 to face the third-ranked and number-one NESCAC seed Amherst Mammoths.

Hamilton’s leading scorer Abby Smith scored shorthanded at just over six minutes into the game. She scooped up the puck into the neutral zone, charged into the slot, and beat Trinity goaltender Hannah Leclair with a wrist shot. It was the period’s only goal, as the home team took a one-goal lead and a 7-6 advantage in shots into the first intermission.

Hamilton College Women’s Hockey begins quest for NESCAC title

The second period was the most wide-open period of the game – with 23 shots taken. Leclair and Donovan made big saves, but the Continentals beat the Trinity netminder again late in the period. With 2:33 left, Hamilton drew a penalty that would cost the Bantams. In the ensuing power play, the visitors failed to clear a loose puck from the top of their crease and Lydia Bullock put it in the back of the net.

Hamilton’s Lydia Bullock drives the net against Trinity’s Ava Gosnell (#2). Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

A third Hamilton goal was waived off with 14:09 remaining in the third period. The puck popped up in front of the Trinity crease and wound up being re-directed into the net. The officials immediately waived it off, ruling it had gone off the hand of one of the Continentals crowded in front of the net.

Hamilton’s Cuora Sullivan (#34) and Trinity’s Hannah Feinberg battle during Saturday’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

After the waived-off goal, Trinity applied some pressure of their own. Donovan slammed the door, however, and her teammates stifled the visitor’s attack for the rest of the way. The Continentals skated away with the 2-0 victory, punching their ticket to the NESCAC Tournament semifinals.

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