Late SHU Comeback Falls Just Short in 4-3 Loss at Trinity

Late SHU Comeback Falls Just Short in 4-3 Loss at Trinity

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's ice hockey team scored three third period goals, including two in the final 2:15 of the game, but it was not enough to overcome an early 3-0 deficit in a 4-3 loss to Trinity on Tuesday evening.  SHU got two goals from Casey Stathopoulos, and senior Julie Dobiac scored the first goal of her career in the loss that drops the Pioneers back to .500 at 11-11-2.

Trailing 3-0 entering the third, Sacred Heart began its comeback attempt just 1:48 out of the locker when Dobiac and Haley Payne set up Stathopoulos on the power play. Any momentum was short lived though, as Trinity quickly responded to push the lead back to three just 1:18 later.

It did not seem as if that goal would play a difference in the game, with Trinity controlling play in the period that saw the Bantams outshoot SHU 12-5. The Pioneers stayed persistent though, and it finally paid off when Dobiac doubled her point total on the night with just 2:15 remaining.

That led to Sacred Heart pulling the goalie on the ensuing faceoff, and the move paid off just over a minute and a half later when again it was Stathopoulos netting her team-best 13th goal of the season. Megan Ofner assisted on the score that gave SHU 46 seconds to tie the game. The Pioneers got one final opportunity when Dobiac unleashed the final shot of the night in the dying moments, but Zowie Caouette denied her to finally ensure the Trinity victory. 

It was Caouette's 14th save of the night, as she improved to a perfect 2-0 on the year. Amanda Fontaine stopped the final ten shots she faced, brining her save total on the night to 31 in the loss. Trinity outshot SHU 35-17 overall in a game with just one penalty, which the Pioneers took advantage of early in the third.

 It took Shannon Farrell just 26 seconds to put Trinity on top for a lead that would last the rest of the night. The Bantams then scored early in the second period on Alison Slowe's unassisted score with 17:28 remaining. The advantage tripled minutes later when Emma Tani beat Fontaine at the 9:12 mark.

Sacred Heart looks to rebound this weekend when it welcomes Neumann to the Sports Center of Connecticut on Friday night at 7 pm.