Jan. 3, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Senior goaltender Isabel Iwachiw (New York, NY) stopped every shot she saw to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors and lead the Trinity College (CT) women's ice hockey team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-0, to capture the Third Annual Women's Codfish Bowl championship today at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Bantams, who are ranked 10th in the nation in the latest USCHO.com poll, win their fourth straight game to improve to 7-1-2 on the season, while the Beacons fall to 6-6-0. Number six nationally-ranked Lake Forest College defeated Bowdoin College, 3-2 in overtime, to take the earlier Consolation game.
Trinity has now won three straight Codfish Bowl trophies and Iwachiw has not allowed a goal in 180 minutes of a championship play.
The Bantams got on the board when freshman defenseman Hilary McNamara (Milton, MA) potted her first collegiate goal at 11:59 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Trinity added to its lead with a score coming on the power play at 11:47 of the middle period when senior forward Britney McKenna (Rye, NY) and junior forward Kim Weiss (Potomac, MD) combined to set up junior blueliner Laura Komarek (Plymouth, MN) for her second tally of the season for a 2-0 lead.
UMass Boston appeared to cut the deficit in half when junior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) blasted a shot that was redirected into the back of the net by freshman forward Kim Greenberg (Stoughton, MA) with 3:44 to go in the third period, but the score was disallowed due to a high stick.
Sophomore forward Brigitte Cellino (Buffalo, NY) capped the scoring for the Bantams with her second goal in as many days on a helper from Komarek and sophomore forward Hannah Harvey (Silverthrone, CO) coming on the power play with 2:07 left to play in the contest.
Iwachiw made 19 saves to record her second straight shutout and 15th of her career for Trinity. She has not allowed a goal in her last 146:11 minutes of action. Sophomore goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) turned away 40 shots for the Beacons for her third straight outing with 40 or more saves and was named to the All-Tournament team with 83 saves and a .954 save percentage. The Bantams owned a 43-19 shot advantage on the afternoon.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, January 8 when they travel to Colchester, VT to take on ECAC East foe Saint Michael's College at 7:00 p.m., while Trinity hosts Middlebury College in a NESCAC contest on January 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Third Annual Codfish Bowl All-Tournament Team Kayte Holtz, F - Bowdoin College (1-1-2, E) Kim Herring, F - Lake Forest College (4-0-4, E) Maria Nasta, F - UMass Boston (1-1-2, +1) Leah Hallett, G - UMass Boston (120 minutes, 83 saves, .954 save %, 2.00 GAA) Celia Colman-McGaw, F - Trinity College (1-0-1, +1) Kim Weiss, F - Trinity College (0-2-2, E) MVP: Isabel Iwachiw, G - Trinity College (120 minutes, 43 saves, 1.000 save %, 0.00 GAA, 2 shutouts)