Jeffs Fall to Trinity, 7-2

Jeffs Fall to Trinity, 7-2

Release Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information

HARTFORD, Conn. – Keenan Hodgson '18 and Brendan Burke '16 each scored a first period goal, but Trinity College topped Amherst College, 7-2 in Friday evening's NESCAC men's hockey game at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. 

With the loss, Amherst moves to 1-1-0 on the season, 1-1-0 in NESCAC action, while Trinity improves to 3-0-0 overall, 3-0-0 in league play. 

The potent Trinity offense was on display again as the team scored seven goals for the third straight contest, led by a hat trick and an assist from Ryan Cole. The victory also snapped a two-game losing skid versus Amherst for the Bantams.

Trinity wasted little time getting on the board as Tyler Whitney scored his fourth tally of the season just over one minute into play on a wrap-around as linemates Cole and Antony Sabitsky picked up assists.  The visitors absorbed the opening charge by the Bantams and knotted the contest at one seven minutes later as Hodgson potted his first collegiate marker on the power play on a pass from Jake Turrin '15.

Elie Vered gave Trinity a 2-1 advantage as he won a faceoff in the offense zone and flipped a shot past Amherst net-minder Dave Cunningham '16 midway through the first.

Two minutes after Vered's goal, the Jeffs tied the game at 2-2 after a failed clear attempt bounced off the boards to Burke who beat Trinity goaltender Nathaniel Heilbron. Patrick Arena '16 was credited with an assist on the score. 

With time winding down late in the first period, Whitney played a pass ahead to Cole who skated in and fired a shot that found the back of the net with just 2.6 seconds remaining. His first score of the game gave Trinity a 3-2 edge heading into the second.

Both teams traded opportunities throughout the second stanza as both Heilbron and Cunningham turned aside shots. In the final 90 seconds, Trinity stretched their lead to three (5-2) when Conor Coveney and Cole both scored.

In the third period, the Bantams added a pair of goals, the second of which chased Cunningham from the game as Sabitsky scored with the man advantage and Cole deflected a bouncing puck in front of the net. 

Heilbron made 30 saves to earn his third win of the season for the Bantams, while Cunningham stopped 26 shots in a losing effort for Amherst. The Jeffs' Danny Vitale '15 played the final 10:09 of the game and turned aside all five shots he faced.

The Bantams outshot Amherst, 38-32 and both teams converted one of their five power-play opportunities.

Amherst resumes NESCAC action on Saturday, Nov. 22 when it travels to Wesleyan University for a 3 p.m. contest.