Ephs Headed to Trinity for NESCAC Tourney Semifinal Contest Saturday

Stephen Morrissey '18
Stephen Morrissey '18

WILIAMSTOWN, MA – The top-seeded Trinity Bantams will host the remaining rounds of the NESCAC Tournament for the second time since 2016. No. 6 Colby takes on No. 5 Wesleyan in the first semifinal at 1 p.m., while No. 1 Trinity hosts No. 7 Williams at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The semifinal winners will square off at 2 p.m. on Sunday for the NESCAC title and the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Both semifinal games, as well as the championship game, will be streamed online via the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).  The games will also be available on the following digital apps - Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV (search for NESCAC).

Trinity (18-5-2) is the two-time defending NESCAC Champion and the No. 1 seed for the second time in four years. The Bantams used a pair of third-period goals to earn a 2-0 victory over No. 8 Tufts and move into the semifinals for the third straight season. The Bantams have scored a league-best 81 goals this season and they are also one of the top defensive teams in the NESCAC, allowing 42 tallies this year.

Senior Anthony Sabitsky paces the Trinity offense with 22 points on 10 goals and 12 assists. He has scored five power-play goals and owns three-game winners. Sophomore Liam Feeney is one of the top scoring defensemen in the conference. He has 20 points in 25 games from the blue line. Senior Alex Morin is Trinity's top goaltender, playing nearly every minute in net for the Bantams. He owns a 1.75 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.

The Bantams, who own four NESCAC titles, will meet Williams (14-10-1) in a rematch of last year's semifinal. The Ephs are playing in their seventh semifinal game in the last nine years. 

Williams advanced out of the quarterfinal round with a 4-2 victory at No. 2 Connecticut College. The Ephs scored three times in the second period to down the host Camels. Williams is tied for the lead in the NESCAC in power-play goals with 19 this season. Junior Roberto Cellini leads the Ephs in scoring with 23 points (7-16-23) and senior C.J. Shugart has scored 14 goals (14-6-20) to rank second in the league in goals. In net, junior Michael Pinios and senior Stephen Morrissey have split the goaltending duties. Pinios carries a 2.65 goals against average and .910 save percentage, while Morrissey has a 2.31 goals against average and .922 save percentage.

Trinity and Williams have met five times in the NESCAC Championship series. The Bantams own a 3-2 advantage over the Ephs, including a 4-2 victory in last year's semifinal contest. The two teams split the regular season series. Williams won 5-1 on its home ice on January 6, while Trinity posted a 4-3 victory in Hartford, Connecticut on February 2.

In the game played at Williams, the Ephs got goals from five different players and goalie Stephen Morrissey turned aside 30 of 31 Trinity shots to post the 5-1 win.

The host Bantams won the rematch in Hartford, 4-3. After a scoreless first period Williams answered a second period Trinity goal with goals from David Italiano and Colby Cretella on power plays to take a 2-1 lead. The Bantams, however answered with two straight goals of their own to take a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.

Trinity opened up a 4-2 lead that the Ephs shrunk to 4-3 about midway through the period, but the equalizer escaped the grasp of the Ephs.