Women's ice hockey NESCAC quarterfinal preview

Hamilton College travels to Hartford, Conn., for a 2012 NESCAC women's ice hockey championship quarterfinal at Trinity College's Williams Rink at Koeppel Community Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m.

Please see the Trinity College athletics page later this week for ticket and webcasting information. A live video stream of the game can be found here, and live statistics are available here.

Hamilton (10-13-1 overall, 7-9-0 NESCAC) finished in a tie for fifth place with Williams College in the conference standings. The Continentals earned the No. 5 seed for the championship thanks to a better record against the top four teams in the final regular season standings.

Trinity (14-10-0, 9-7) is the No. 4 seed for the championship. The Bantams rank second in the conference in penalty kill at 88.5 percent and third in scoring defense with 2.04 goals allowed per game. Hamilton ranks third in the NESCAC in penalty kill at 87.5 percent.

The Continentals lead the all-time series, 15-12-1. But the Bantams are unbeaten in their last 12 games against Hamilton, incuding 3-1 and 3-0 wins  at home on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. Last year, Trinity defeated Hamilton 3-1 at home in the NESCAC quarterfinals.

Forward Katie Zimmerman '13 leads Hamilton into the weekend. Zimmerman tops the NESCAC with 17 goals and ranks second with 25 points. Becca Hazlett '13 is 10th in the conference with a .907 save percentage.

A capsule look at both teams may be found below.

Overall record: 10-13-1
Conference record (finish): 7-9-0 (T-5th)
Head coach: Brendon Knight, 6th season (57-81-12)
Conference tournament appearances: 11th
Conference tournament titles: None
Conference tournament record: 3-10
Last win vs. Trinity: 3-1, away (Feb. 10, 2007)
Road/neutral record: 4-7-0
Goals scored: 58
Goals allowed: 65
Leading goal scorers: Katie Zimmerman ’13 (17), Laura DiCarlo ’12 (7)
Assist leaders: Abby Runyon ‘13 (11), Hannah Jaiven ‘14 (11), Meredith Bitterman ’12 (10)
Starting goalie: Becca Hazlett ’13 (2.66 gaa, .907 save pct., 8-11-0 record)

Overall record: 14-10-0
Conference record (finish): 9-7 (4th)
NCAA regional ranking: 9th in East Region
Head coach: Carson Duggan, 1st season, 14-10-0
Conference tournament appearances: Seventh
Conference tournament titles: None
Conference tournament record: 4-6
Last win vs. Hamilton: 3-0, home (Jan. 21, 2012)
Home record: 8-4
Goals scored: 55
Goals allowed: 49
Leading goal scorers: Lauren Glynn’14 (8), Abby Ostrom ’14 (8)
Assist leaders: Payson Sword ’12 (11), Lucy Robinson ’15 (8), Samantha Edelson ’15 (8)
Starting goalie: Alexa Pujol ’14 (1.77 gaa, .933 save pct., 11-7-0)

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