Men’s Hockey Ranked Nationally in Two Polls; Showdown With Nationally Ranked Trinity Friday

David Italiano '18
David Italiano '18

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – With six games left in the regular NESCAC season Trinity College holds a one-point lead over second place Williams in the men's ice hockey standings.

Trinity is 14-3-1 overall and 10-2-0 (20 points) in NESCAC, while Williams sports a record of 13-4-1 overall and 9-2-1 (19 points) in NESCAC.

Williams will play at Trinity on Friday at 7:30 p.m. You can watch the game online HERE.

Williams defeated Trinity 3-2 when the teams met for the first time this season back on January 9 at Williams. Trinity opened up a 2-0 lead only to see the Ephs respond with three unanswered goals to claim a 3-2 win.

Four of the five goals scored in the contest came on a power play with Zander Masucci's even strength goal at 14:11 of the third period the difference. Eleven penalties were called in the game with the Ephs being penalized seven times and the Bantams four times.

Trinity is ranked 4th nationally in the d3hockey.com poll and the Bantams are ranked 7th in the USCHO poll. Williams is ranked 11th in the d3hockey.com poll, while the Ephs have moved up to tie for 9th after being ranked 10th in the USCHO.com poll.

Trinity boasts the highest scoring offense in NESCAC play, tallying 39 goals in 12 contests for an average of 3.25 per game. Williams is tied for third in goals scored with Hamilton. The Ephs have scored 28 goals for an average of 2.33 per game.

With seven goals on 37 power plays Williams is tied for first with Tufts for the conference lead and a success rate of 18.9%. Trinity with eight goals on 54 power plays is tied with Middlebury with at 14.8%.

The Eph penalty kill unit has a success rate of 94.3% (2nd) and the Bantams' success rate is 84.6% (6th).

Trinity's top points producer is Anthony Sabitsky who has scored seven goals and assisted on 11 for a total of 18 points. Williams is led in points by David Italiano whose seven goals and nine assists accounts for 16 points.

The Ephs boast the conference's top two goalies in senior Noah Klag and first year Michael Pinios. Klag has authored a goals against average of 0.79, allowing four goals in 305.00. Pinos owns a goals against average of 1.15, allowing eight goals in 417.49.

Trinity senior Nathaniel Heilbron is ranked fourth in NESCAC goaltending with a goals against average of 1.72, allowing 12 goals in 419.26.

The Eph duo of Klag and Pinios are also ranked first and second in conference save percentage. Klag has stopped 141 of 145 shots (.972), while Pinios has turned aside168 of 176 shots (.955). Trinity's Heilbron is ranked eighth in save percentage (.926) stopping 150 of 162 shots.

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