The Trumbull-St Joseph team hung close for a two periods before falling 7-2 to Notre Dame-Fairfield at The Rinks at Shelton on Friday.

Erin Owens, who scored twice, helped pull the Eagles within 4-2 with a power play goal just 25 seconds into the third period.

But the Lancers responded less than a minute later on the way to netting a trio of goals in the first five minutes of the final stanza to seize control.

“We didn’t have our full team and I think we weren’t ready,” Trumbull coach Paula Dady said. “We didn’t have what we needed to be successful.”

Goaltender Tory Coffin made her return to the ice for her first game in two weeks, following an injury. Trumbull’s already small roster was missing one of the team’s top players, Devin Cavaliere, who was sidelined with an injury.

Notre Dame, which boasts a much deeper bench, improved to 6-1. The Eagles fell to 2-3.

“I think our defense played really well, and our goaltending did too,” Dady said.

Blue liners Annika Haakonsen, Megan McCarthy and Lydia Prezioso, the latter of whom is a center who drops back as needed, all played solidly in front of Coffin who made the Lancers work hard to build their lead.

Notre Dame led just 1-0 after one period of play.

Owens answered Notre Dame’s second goal with an unassisted tally to make it 2-1 midway through the second stanza.

Notre Dame scored twice late in the middle period to carry a 4-1 lead into the third.

Owens made it 4-2 when she pounced on a rebound of a shot by Prezioso. McCarthy had the secondary assist.

The Lancers dominated from that point on.

The Eagles hadn’t played in six days, and were looking to get into their routine following a little time off for the holidays.

“I think we just have to get back to playing our game,” Dady said. “We have to get our wind back, get our players back and focus on playing Trumbull-St Joe’s hockey.”

The Eagles don’t have to wait long for their next contest, with a visit to Guilford at East Haven Ice Rink on Saturday at 5:30.

Trumbull hosts New Canaan at The Rinks on Jan. 4 with another 5:30 puck drop.