HANCOCK, Mi. It was 60 minutes of heart as the Finlandia University women’s hockey team (0-23, 0-15 NCHA) lost 4-2 to Trine (8-10-4, 4-9-2 NCHA), Friday night at Thunder Ice Arena.
For the first 17 minutes of the opening period, senior Annah Smiddy and Molly Scarborough put on a clinic. The two made amazing saves to keep the game scoreless.
At the 17:01 mark, Trine managed to sneak one in for the 1-0 lead. With 27 seconds left, senior Kait Ryynanen found the back of the net to make it 1-1.
It took the Thunder just 54 seconds into the second period to take the lead back at 2-1. Finlandia gritted its teeth and at the 2:53 mark, sophomore Peyton Airaudi scored on a pass from junior Kylee Dyni.
That tied the contest at 2-2. Two minutes later, Trine made it 3-2. Just before the period ended, freshman Kylee Hopp had a goal robbed at the last moment. The Thunder scored in the third and held the Lions off.
On face-offs, sophomore Malone Hiebert and junior Abby Kolek had 11 wins each. Smiddy had 55 saves for the night.
Finlandia remains on the road, Saturday, Feb. 22, playing Trine. The game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.