Trinity Men's Ice Hockey Beaten At Williams

Mike O'Brien '19
Mike O'Brien '19

Williamstown, Mass. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams suffered a 5-1 setback against the Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this evening at Lansing Chapman Rink.  Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, falls to 6-2-3 and loses for the first time in the league, while the Ephs improve to 6-4 while snapping a four-game losing skid.  The Bantams drop from first to third place in the NESCAC at 3-1-1, and Williams moves into second place behind Colby with a 5-2 conference mark.  Trinity, in the midst of a five-game winless streak (0-3-2) will seek its first victory since December 2 at league rival Middlebury tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Williams took the lead on the lone goal of the first period, taking advantage of a 5x3 situation and scoring on a one-timer by senior forward David Italiano (Toronto, Ontario) from the left faceoff circle that sailed just over the glove of Trinity senior goaltender Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) with 6:28 left. The Bantams evened things up when rookie forward Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) found junior forward Mark Knowlton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with a feed from behind the net and Knowlton converted for his first tally of the winter 5:29 into the second frame.  

Williams freshman forward Nick Van Belle (Stamford, Conn.) scored the clincher exactly three minutes later on a rebound off Morin's pad after an initial shot from the right side by sophomore forward Will Somers (Greenwich, Conn.).  Trinity peppered Williams senior goalie Stephen Morrissey (Arlington, Va.) with six shots over the next 3:35 but came up empty, while the Ephs added two insurance goals in the last five minutes of the second period to take a 4-1 lead and scored once in the third to account for the 5-1 final score.  Trinity finished with a 31-to-27 shooting advantage but went 0-for-6 on power plays while yielding two goals in four penalty-killing scenarios.  Morin and sophomore backstop Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) combined for 22 Bantam saves, while Morrissey had 30 stops. Italiano, Van Belle, and sophomore defenseman Peter Christie (Durham, N.H.) notched a goal and and assist each for the Ephs.