HARTFORD, CT -- After a hard-fought battle, the Ephs (8-3-1) were defeated by the Trinity Bantams (10-1-1) 3-2 at the Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center.
Eph senior Alex DeBaere got on the board late in the first period, and senior David Jarrett scored the second and final goal for the Ephs in the third period, however Williams allowed an extra goal in the final twenty minutes to record their second conference loss of the season. This victory for Trinity marked their sixth straight win, moving to 5-0-1 in conference play. This loss for Williams brings their conference record to 5-2-1.
The goaltender match up was a strong one this afternoon, with senior Sean Dougherty in net for the Ephs, and Nathaniel Heilbron in net for Trinity. Dougherty had twenty-six saves in the match, as did Heilbron.
The Ephs took the lead after the first period of play, as Alex DeBaere scored his second goal in as many games late in the period, at 19:26. DeBaere was assisted on the play by sophomore Tyler Young (9). Both teams had a power play opportunity in the first, however neither were able to capitalize.
After the first, the shot count was in the Ephs' favor 9-6.
Trinity had the sole goal in the second period, coming late at 19:53, when Anthony Sabitsky for Trinity got one past Dougherty. Paul Burns and Michael Hawkrigg earned assists on the play.
Going into the third period, play was tied at one. The Ephs had two overlapping power play opportunities in the second, however they were unable to get one past the Trinity special teams unit. The shot count after two was tied 15-15, with Trinity having the shot advantage in the second period, 9-6.
Williams got back on the board first in the third period, when at 9:42, David Jarrett fired one past the Trinity goaltender, and gave the Ephs a 2-1 lead with just over half the period remaining. Classmate Craig Kitto (9) assisted Jarrett on the play.
At 12:50, Ethan Holdaway for Trinity got one past Sean Dougherty and the Ephs' defensive unit to tie the game at two. Holdaway was unassisted on the play. A few minutes later, freshman Dan Doherty went to the box for interference, giving the Bantams a chance to take the lead. While this power play was subsequently killed by the Ephs, Trinity kept the momentum on their side to ultimately clinch the game-winning goal with just :21 seconds remaining in regulation.
Tyler Whitney for Trinity fired a shot off at 19:39, getting past Dougherty and scoring the game deciding goal. Jackson Brewer assisted Whitney on the play. Trinity won the game 3-2, after three goals were scored in the third period, with shot count barely in Trinity's favor 14-13 (third period) and 29-28 (overall).
Neither team was able to convert on any power play opportunities (both teams had four apiece). The conclusion of this match brings Williams' record to 8-3-1 overall, and Trinity's overall record to 10-1-1. The Ephs next take on Manhattanville on January 16th at 3:00 pm.