No. 13/11 Amherst Edged by No. 14 Trinity, 4-3 in Offensive Duel

No. 13/11 Amherst Edged by No. 14 Trinity, 4-3 in Offensive Duel
HARTFORD, Conn. – Connor Girard '18 registered 37 saves in between the pipes for the Purple & White and Amherst tallied a goal in each period, however the No. 13/11 Amherst College men's ice hockey team was edge by No. 14 Trinity College, 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Koeppel Center.

With the loss, Amherst moves to 3-2-1 on the season (0-2-1 NESCAC), while Trinity improves to 4-3-0 overall and to 2-2-0 in conference play. Amherst returns to action, Friday, Dec. 9 when they travel to archrival Williams College for a 7 p.m. contest.

Opening the game in impressive fashion, Amherst got on the board just 1:41 into the tilt to take a 1-0 lead. Sending a long pass from inside the Purple & White's defensive zone, Joey Lupo '20 connected with captain Austin Ho '17 behind the Trinity defense. Converting on the breakaway opportunity, Ho flicked a wrist shot into the netting.

Trinity evened the score five minutes later, with Anthony Sabitsky tallying his third goal of the season at the 7:12 mark to make it a 1-1 game.

Holding momentum, the Bantams claimed their first lead of the outing 50 seconds into the second stanza as Tyler Whitney ripped a shot past the Amherst netminder to give Trinity a 2-1 edge.

Amherst responded on the power play at the 7:16 mark, with first-year Patrick Daly notching his team-leading fourth goal of the year. Collecting a perfect pass from Phil Johansson '19, Daly capitalized on a one-on-one opportunity, wristing a shot top shelf to tie things at 2-2.

Charlie Zuccarini posted the final goal of the second period to give Trinity a 3-2 lead, slipping a shot past Girard following a pass from Sabitsky with 6:09 on the clock.

Proving the game to be an offensive duel, junior captain Thomas Lindstrom once again knotted the score 4:34 seconds into the third stanza to make it a 3-3 contest. Gaining inside positioning and finding open space in front of the Bantam goal, Lindstrom beat Alex Morin blocker-side.

Nearly breaking the deadlock several minutes later, David White '18 had a breakaway after a Trinity defender caught an edge and fell, however his shot ended up in the glove of Morin to keep the score tied.

Brandon Cole logged what proved to be the game-winner with 7:35 remaining in regulation, tapping a puck that snuck though traffic over the goal line to secure the victory for the home team.


GAME NOTES

  • In goal, Girard (1-2-1) recorded 37 saves for the Purple & White, while Alex Morin (2-3-0) made 15 stops for Trinity in the winning effort.
  • The Bantams edged Amherst in shots, 41-18.
  • Amherst finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while Trinity went 0-for-5 up a skater.
  • Whitney led the Bantams with seven shots on target, while Cole put five shots on net in the matchup.
  • White sent three shots on goal to lead the Purple & White, while four other Amherst skaters took two shots each.