Hartford, CT–The Williams College Ephs (4-4-2, 3-2-2 NESCAC) fall to the Trinity College Bantams (7-3-1, 3-2-0 NESCAC) 3-0. Despite have a 35% power play scoring rate, the Ephs could not seem to convert their three power play opportunities.
"One of our special teams had a couple good looks but couldn't get it in, which has been our strength in the previous games," head coach Bill Kangas said. "They were able to keep us off on the power plays but we can't rely on just one aspect of our game to win."
Both teams came out and played pretty evenly through the first period, with Williams racking up 10 shots on Bantam goaltender, junior Alex Morin, and the Bantams shooting seven times and Eph netminder, sophomore MIchael Pinios. There were no goals and no penalties in the first moments of the game with both teams setting up strong plays but failing to finishing with a point.
After nearly 35 minutes with no goals or penalties, four penalties were called in the last half of the second period, three in the last two minutes. The first went to Williams senior Luke Stickel for hooking at 8:31. Trinity was able to move the puck a lot but was unable to get a lot of shots on net to capitalize on their first one-man advantage. The Ephs had a shorthanded opportunity but the puck just slipped by the net, keeping the score at 0-0.
The next penalty of the period came at 18:36 when junior C.J. Shugart was called for tripping. The Bantams enjoyed only a fraction of their second power play when senior Ryan Cole was called for interference at 19:06. Trinity regained the advantage when senior Frankie Mork was called for checking at 19:45, giving the Bantams a player advantage going into the third period.
Shortly after the three second period penalties expired, the Bantams strikes first and gets the first goal of the game at 2 minutes. Pinios lost sight of the puck and Trinity Junior Andrew Sabitsky fired one, which deflected off of Pinios' back into the back of the net. He was assisted by senior Ryan Cole and junior Tyler Whitney
The third period began with Williams down one goal but sophomore Roberto Cellini's elbowing penalty at 10:58 gave the Bantams another opportunity. Trinity closed out the opportunity at 11:13 when Sabitsky scored his second goal of the game. Junior Tyler Whitney hit the crossbar first and Sabitsky's rebound found the back of the net. Sabistky was again assisted by Ryan Cole and Tyler Whitney.
During the last minute of play, the Ephs' attempt to tie up the game backfired with Bantam defenseman junior Connor Hegarty scored a full ice empty net goal to give Trinity a 3-0 vicotry over the Ephs.
"It was a good hockey game for the first two periods; I thought we played very evenly," Kangas said. "We're in a very good conference and they got the upperhand with the even-strength goal and then the power play goal. We're looking to learn from our mistakes from today and improve for tomorrow's game."
Williams will face Wesleyan tomorrow at 3pm at the Spurrier-Snyder Ice Rink in Middletown, CT.