HARTFORD, Conn. – A thrilling weekend of hockey finished in heartbreaking fashion for the Mammoths, as top-seeded Trinity College netted the game-winner with .01 seconds remaining in overtime to edge the third-seeded Amherst College men's hockey team, 3-2 in the NESCAC Championship Finals Sunday afternoon at the Koeppel Center.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 15-7-4 on the year and will await a potential at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, while Trinity improves to 19-3-5 overall and earns the NESCAC's automatic qualifying bid to the national postseason.
Following a scoreless opening stanza, the Bantams were first on the board, with Nicholas Fiorentino potting his sixth goal of the winter with an assist from Dylan Healey 53 seconds into the second period. Winning the face off on the left dot, Healey drew the puck back to Fiorentino at the right point who powered a quick snap shot under the glove of the Mammoths' keeper.
After intermission Amherst needed just 1:04 to even things up at one all. Crashing the net hard after a slapper from the blue line by Pieter von Steinbergs '21 was just turned away, Jack Fitzgerald tallied his eighth score of the year as he poked the puck over the goal line before Teddy Loughborough was able to smother the rebound.
Responding 31 seconds later, the Bantams regained a one goal edge as Nicholas Polsinelli teamed up with Dylan Healey and Ryan Pfeffer for the score. Getting his stick on the puck in a scrum behind the net, Healey kicked the puck out to Polsinelli in the slot who snuck a low wrister inside the far left post.
Deadlocking the contest at 2-2 with 6:59 remaining in regulation, Sean Wrenn '22 netted the equalizer with assists from Max Roche '19 and von Steinbergs. von Steinbergs set up the scoring play, keeping the puck inside the zone with a great defensive effort, before Roche dished a no-look pass to Wrenn in the slot who redirected the puck past the Bantam netminder.
After 19:59.09 seconds of scoreless hockey in overtime, Taggart Corriveau came through in the clutch to record the game-winner and clinch the Bantams third NESCAC title in the past four years as he ripped a one-timer from the high slot into the bottom corner, blocker side.
In between the pipes, Michael Cullen '21 (9-4-1) registered 50 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Loughborough (12-2-2) made 37 stops for Trinity.
The Bantams owned a 53-39 advantage in shots on frame, while both sides went 0-for-1 on the power play.