#4 Trinity Edges Men's Hockey In OT

Evan Neugold tied the game with 14 seconds remaining.
Evan Neugold tied the game with 14 seconds remaining.

Fourth-ranked Trinity scored just 47 seconds into overtime as the Bantams picked up a 2-1 road win at Middlebury (7-9-3, 4-6-3) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Wesleyan at 4:00, while the Bantams (16-2-1, 11-1-1) visit Williams with a 3:00 p.m. faceoff.

The first period looked as though it would go into the books scoreless until Trinity found the back of the net with 50 seconds on the clock. Conor Covney was behind the net with the puck before finding Elie Vered at the top of the circle, who wristed it past Panther goalie Stephen Klein.

The teams traded chances in the second period, with Klein making a big stop of Tim Shea at the 7:10 mark. Middlebury responded when Evan Neugold intercepted a pass and broke in, but his shot was stopped by Trinity netminder Nathaniel Heilbron. Trinity had another chance at the 12:10 mark, but Coveney's bid for a second goal went just wide. The best chance to score in the period came late when Brendan McGovern took a pass from Max Greenwald before his wrister from the left side hit the post. The period ended with Middlebury holding an 11-7 shots advantage.

Action picked up in the third period as the Panthers put lots of pressure on Heilbron, outshooting the Bantams 18-2 in the stanza. David Belluche pinged the pipe with a power play slap shot just 2:10 into the period. The Panthers had another good look 11:01 in when Greenwald's shot was saved in transition before McGovern's attempt just missed the crossbar.

The Panthers pulled Klein and tied the game with just 14 seconds remaining. Ronald Fishman's shot from the right point was saved before Neugold gathered the rebound and circled the net to score on a wrap-around to knot the game at 1-1.

The Bantams scored on the only shot of overtime when Michael Flynn streaked up the left side and saw his shot saved before Jackson Brewer buried the game-winner into an open net.

Middlebury outshot Trinity 34-15 in the game, holding the Bantams to 24.5 shots below their average. Heilbron made 33 saves in the win, while Klein made 13 stops on the other end of the ice.