Trinity scored four times in each of the first two periods on its way to an 11-3 win over Middlebury on Saturday in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (3-15-2, 3-11-0) host Williams on Friday at 7:00 p.m., while the Bantams (11-6-3, 7-5-2) are home against Colby at 7:30 p.m.
Trinity opened the scoring 1:34 into the contest when Barclay Gammill collected a loose puck in the left circle, quickly turned and put a shot through Middlebury goalie Stephen Klein. The goal ended Klein's impressive run of not allowing a goal in 149:26 of action. The Panthers scored 10 minutes later when Travis Stephens sprung Vincent Gisonti on a breakaway. Gisonti faked to his left and lifted a backhander into the upper right corner of the net.
The Bantams made it 2-1 at the 15:35 mark on a rebound goal by Tyler Whitney. Ryan Cole's initial shot from the point was stopped by Klein, but Whitney skated in from the left wall and tucked the rebound inside the left post. Trinity finished the period with a flourish, scoring twice in a span of 23.2 seconds. Will Sleeper banged in a shot from the top of the crease with 29.4 seconds left in the period, while Cole tallied on a breakaway with 6.2 seconds on the clock for a 4-1 lead.
The visitors added to their advantage 1:20 into the middle stanza on tally by Michael O'Brien. Samuel Johnson and Cole added goals 1:32 apart, increasing the Bantam lead to 7-1, before Trinity's Ross Mandigo swatted in a rebound with 8:04 remaining in the period.
Sleeper scored his second of the contest 2:40 into the third period, before Panther defenseman Frank Cosolito netted his first collegiate goal three minutes later. Gammill completed the hat trick for the Bantams 46 seconds later, while Gisonti tallied his second of the game and team-leading ninth of the year with 4:53 remaining. Trinity scored as the final horn sounded when Gammill picked up his fourth of the afternoon on the power play.
Henry Cutting made 22 saves in relief for Middlebury and Klein stopped 18. Alex Morin had 19 saves for the Bantams and Tedy Loughborough finished with eight off the bench. Trinity held a 51-26 advantage in shots and went 3-6 on the power play, while the Panthers were scoreless in six opportunities.