#5 Trinity Skates Past Middlebury

#5 Trinity Skates Past Middlebury

Fifth-ranked Trinity recorded a 3-0 victory over the Middlebury men's hockey team on Saturday afternoon in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. The Panthers (4-14-2, 2-10-2) remain in NESCAC play on Friday, traveling to Williams for a 7:00 p.m. start.

Following a scoreless first period which the hosts outshot Middlebury by a 12-8 count, the Bantams (15-3-2, 12-1-1) got on the scoreboard first at the 17:34 mark of the second period. Michael Grande skated from left to right and cranked the puck into the top shelf to make the score 1-0 for his second goal of the year. Middlebury goalie Stephen Klein kept the deficit at just one in the Panther net through the period, as Trinity held a 16-4 edge in shots during the middle stanza.

In the third period, the Bantams doubled their lead when Ryan Pfeffer scored his sixth goal of the year at the 6:40 mark, tapping in a loose puck in front of the net. Later in the period, Trinity Alex Morin stopped a scoring chance for the Panthers, denying a shot by Eric Jeremiah with a glove save. Trinity added an empty-net tally at 17:16 when Nicholas Polsinelli tallied his first goal of the season. Middlebury fired a series of shots over the final minutes, but Morin thwarted each chance.

Klein finished with 35 saves for the Panthers, while Morin made 24 for the hosts. Trinity held a 38-24 edge in shots and both teams came up empty four respective power-play opportunities.