Trinity scored three third period goals to break-up a scoreless tie on its way to a 3-1 road win over Middlebury. The Panthers fall to 13-4-1 overall and 10-2-1 in NESCAC play, while the Bantams move to 12-5, 9-4 in NESCAC play.
The game was scoreless through two periods, with both teams having some solid opportunities to score. Trinity's Wesley Vesprini and Middlebury's Doug Raeder kept it a scoreless game as the Panthers held a 24-12 shots advantage through two periods of play. Vesprini made a big glove save on John Sullivan late in the second on a Middlebury power play, while robbing Charles Nerbak with a glove save midway through the second period.
Trinity broke through 3:35 into the third period with a breakaway goal. Mike DeMayo fed a pass up to Ryan Masucci, who broke in all along and scored with a shot off the glove hand of Raeder. Middlebury answered just 1:49 later as Martin Drolet scored from the doorstep on a rebound after a shot from the top of the zone from Ian Drummond was saved. Only 1:39 later, Trinity regained the lead as Masucci made a pass from behind the net to Egor Petrov, who rifled a blast to the top right corner of the net.
The Bantams made it a 3-1 game when Sean McCarthy found Richard Hollstein on the doorstep, as he quickly stuffed a shot home for a 3-1 lead at the 11:20 mark. Middlebury had a power play at 16:37 and pulled Raeder late, but were unable to cut into the lead. Trinity held a 16-11 shots advantage in the third period, as Vesprini made 34 saves in goal to earn the win. Raeder ended the night with 25 stops for the Panthers.
Date: January 30, 2009 - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Trinity (12-5) 0 0 3 - 3
Middlebury (13-4-1) 0 0 1 - 1
T-3rd (3:35) - Ryan Masucci (Mike DeMayo)
M-3rd (5:26) - Martin Drolet (Ian Drummond)
T-3rd (7:05) - Egor Petrov (Masucci)
T-3rd (11:20) - Richard Hollstein (Sean McCarthy, William Burns)
Doug Raeder-M (58:29 min., 25 saves, 3 GA)
Wesley Vesprini-T (60 min., 34 saves, 1 GA)