Trinity’s Ben Coulthard made a career-high 53 saves to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Middlebury in NESCAC hockey at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 15 in the nation, moves to 6-3-2 overall and 3-1-2 in the NESCAC while snapping a five-game winless streak against the Panthers. No. 14-ranked Middlebury falls to 5-5-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the league.
Trinity’s Jeff Menard scored the game’s first goal from the point during the first power play of the contest 13:12 into the opening period. With just four seconds remaining before the first break, Middlebury’s Derek Pimentel returned the favor with a power-play tally from Rob Donahoe and Thomas Freyre. The Panthers held a 17-9 edge on shots after 20 minutes, and continued to apply pressure in the second period with a 16-7 shooting edge but Trinity’s John Hawkrigg tipped in the clinching shot off a wrister from the point by Mike Flynn at the 12:40 mark of the second.
The scoreless third period was action-packed, as Middlebury netminder Liam Moorfield-Yee came up with impressive stops on shots by Bantams Sam Kane and Charlie Mullan shortly after the second intermission. Both teams had goals negated midway through the third due to offsides calls, and each team hit iron from close with three-minutes plus remaining in the game. The Panthers finished with a 54-22 shooting advantage and Moorfield-Yee notched 20 saves. The squads combined to kill off 11-13 power play.