Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams scored the game's last four goals to down the visiting Colby College Mules, 5-2, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 6 in the nation, improves to 8-3-2 overall and moves into first place in the conference with a 5-1-1 mark in the league. Colby falls to 7-5 overall and 6-3 in the NESCAC. The teams were tied with each other and Williams College for first place in the conference entering tonight's game. Williams did not play a league game tonight. Trinity will host league rival Bowdoin tomorrow at 4 p.m. and the Mules visit Wesleyan tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Trinity trailed, 2-1, early in the second period after back-to-back Mule tallies right after the first break by junior forward Nick O'Connor (Canton, Mass.) and senior forward Michael Rudolf (Risch, Switzerland), but scored three times later in the second to take a 3-2 lead at the second intermission. Bantam senior captain defenseman Connor Hegarty (Wakefield, Mass.) stole the puck from the Colby defense and beat Mule senior goaltender Sean Lawrence (Granite Bay, Calif.) over the left shoulder with a short-handed goal to tie the game at 2-2 with 14:31 left in the middle period. Trinity senior forward Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) scored the game-winner on a power play, blasting the puck into a wide open space after quick passes from right to left by sophomore defenseman Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) and freshman defenseman James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.) left Lawrence out of position. Trinity went ahead, 4-2, on a slapshot by senior captain blue liner Griffyn Martin (Southport, Conn.) from just inside the blue line on the right side that caromed off the pipe and into the net with 1:04 remaining before the last break.
Trinity controlled play in the third period, outshooting the Mules, 16-6, and adding an insurance goal by rookie forward Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) for its third power-play goal in six opportunities. Senior backstop Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) finished with 27 saves, while Lawrence had 37 stops for the Mules. Bantam senior captain forward Anthony Sabitsky (Sicklerville, N.J.) scored the lone goal of the first period, a power-play marker with 50 seconds on the clock, and finished with two points on a goal and an assist, while Callahan added two helpers. Trinity killed off seven penalties and finished with a 42-to-29 shooting advantage.