Middlebury, Vt. – The Trinity College men's hockey team scored three times in the final period, skating past the Middlebury men's hockey team 3-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Sunday at Chip Kenyon Arena in Vermont. The No. 3-ranked Bantams improve to 7-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in NESCAC play while the Panthers fall to 3-9-0 on the year and 1-7-0 in conference action. Trinity returns to the ice on Friday for a 7:30 matchup at home versus Colby before a Saturday showdown against Bowdoin.
The teams were scoreless through the opening period, with both goalies holding their ground. Middlebury's Stephen Klein stopped all 13 shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes, including a couple of good chances by the Bantams from around the net during a power play. Trinity senior netminder Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) didn't face the same volume of shots, but was forced to make a couple of key saves, including one in the closing minutes by Charlie Parsons directly off a faceoff win by Vincent Gisonti.
The game remained without a goal in the second period, but two of the best chances came on ensuing possessions. Middlebury's Mitchell Allen snuck behind the Bantam defense and sent a backhander from along the goal line that was turned aside by Morin. Trinity quickly transitioned up the ice, and Klein made a nice blocker save on a shot from the right circle by senior Bradley Buvinow (Sicklerville, N.J.) with just over six minutes expired.
Trinity finally broke through just 28 seconds into the third period, as senior captain Griffyn Martin (Southport, Conn.) sent a shot from the point which was blocked in the slot before rookie Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) swatted in the rebound. Trinity doubled its lead with 9:25 expired when sophomore defenseman Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) skated into the Panther zone and circled the net, before classmate Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) redirected a centering pass into the back of the net. Gammill capped the scoring with 1:23 left, netting his second of the game into an empty net.
Klein finished with 39 stops while Morin stopped all 18 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season as the Bantams held a 42-18 advantage in shots. Both teams were empty on the power play, with the Panthers getting three chances and Trinity four.