Amherst edged by Trinity, 5-1, in NESCAC Championship Game

Amherst edged by Trinity, 5-1, in NESCAC Championship Game

HARTFORD, Conn. – The sixth-seeded Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to second-seeded Trinity College, 5-1, in Sunday afternoon's NESCAC Championship title contest at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

With the loss, Amherst concludes its 2015-16 campaign with an 11-12-4 overall record. Trinity (20-5-1) earns the NESCAC automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship and awaits its first round opponent. 

HOW IT HAPPENED  

  • Amherst scored its only goal of the game with 54.6 seconds remaining in the final period of action, as Trinity clinched the NESCAC title, 5-1.
  • The Bantams were able to convert on two of their five power play opportunities, while the Purple & White went 0-for-4 on the power play.   
  • Trinity edged Amherst in shots on goal, 40-23.
  • Connor Girard '18 (4-7-0) made 35 saves in the losing effort for the Purple & White, while Alex Morin (13-2-0) collected 22 saves in between the pipes for the Bantams.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Michael Hawkrigg made it a 1-0 contest 7:32 into the opening period, as Sean Orlando's centering pass from behind the net found the stick of Hawking out in front for the tip in.
  • Trinity doubled its lead two and a half minutes later with Elie Vered cutting back into the slot and sending a wrist shot off the pad of Girard and over the goal line.  
  • The Bantams earned a three goal cushion at the 15:28 mark in the first stanza as Tyler Whitney took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity and sent a backdoor pass from Anthony Sabitsky into the netting.
  • Up two skaters on its second 5-on-3 power play of the matchup, Trinity once again converted, with Anthony Sabitsky ripping a wrist shot from the high slot over the glove of Girard.
  • Still on the power-play two minutes later, Hawkrigg tallied his second of the outing, sending a one-timer from the blueline into the bottom left corner of the net.
  • Sophomore Phil Johansson notched Amherst's only goal of the game with 54.6 seconds remaining. Collecting a pass from Conor Brown '16 at the left point, Johansson rifled a snap-shot off a defender and past Morin.
  • Ryan Cole led all skaters with seven shots on target, while Brendan Burke '16 and Phil Johansson led the Purple & White with four shots on frame apiece.


BEOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Amherst has now posted three NESCAC runner-up finishes to go along with three conference championships (2009, 2012, 2015) and currently stands at 17-14 all-time in NESCAC postseason action.
  • Amherst wraps up its 2015-16 season with an 11-12-4 overall record, including a 7-8-3 record in NESCAC play.