The Middlebury men's hockey team dropped a 5-3 road game at Trinity on Saturday night. Michael Hawkrigg tallied two goals and an assist to lead Trinity to the win on Williams Rink at the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 11 in the nation, improves to 15-4 overall and 10-3 in the NESCAC, while Middlebury drops to 8-9-2 overall and 6-6-1 in the league. The Panthers return to action on Sunday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Wesleyan.
Trinity was first to strike with a power play goal by Hawkrigg midway through the opening period. Later in the period, Hawkrigg and Michael Flynn set up Jackson Brewer for a score to put the Bantams up 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 until 6:24 into the second period when Evan Neugold netted a goal to bring the Panthers within one. Trinity answered 27 seconds later on a goal by Joseph Horak which put the Bantams up 3-1. Trinity tacked on another before the end of the second frame, as Liam McKillop scored to bring the score to 4-1.
Middlebury opened the third period with a quick strike by John Barr. Panther Ronald Fishman added another goal less than four minutes later, cutting the Trinity lead to 4-3. Hawkrigg came up with another clutch goal roughly one minute later, giving the Bantams a 5-3 lead. The Trinity defense and goalie Ben Coulthard kept Middlebury out of the net the remainder of the way, as the Bantams sealed their eighth win in nine games.
Coulthard finished the game with 29 saves, while Middlebury’s Liam Moorfield-Yee finished the contest with 31 saves in net.