Amherst, Mass. - Bantam senior captain Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.) scored the equalizer just 4:36 into the third period to force overtime in a 1-1 draw between the visiting Trinity College men's hockey team and Amherst College. No. 14-ranked Trinity moves to 10-5-3 overall and 6-4-2 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) while No. 12 Amherst now sits at 11-3-3 on the year and 6-3-3 in league action.
Trinity junior Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) nearly opened scoring 1:10 into the first period, as he rushed into the offensive zone and put a low hard shot on frame, but Purple & White goalie Connor Girard (Minneapolis, Minn.) came up with the kick save to preserve the scoreless game. First to strike, Amherst claimed a 1-0 edge 4:48 into the first period when Thomas Lindstrom (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) gathered his own rebound off an initial shot and buried a snap shot five-hole to take the lead.
In the second period, Greg Krisberg (Chappaqua, N.Y.) nearly found nylon at the 10:07 mark as the Purple & White threatened on an odd-man rush. Streaking down the right boards, Lindstrom connected with Kristberg in the high slot who powered a wrist shot on goal, but Bantam junior goalie Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) came up with the clutch glove save.
Orlando netted his 11th score the year to tie the game at 1-1 in the third to eventually force overtime. Finding the rebound at the bottom of the left circle after a stop by Girard, Orlando slid a wrist shot through the legs of the Amherst netminder as he attempted to regain positioning. Senior captain Ethan Holdaway (Glastonbury, Conn.) was credited with the assist on the tying tally. Both teams traded opportunities before the end of regulation, but both goalkeepers held strong to force the extra session.
Patrick Daly (Hamilton, Mass.) had the Amherst's best opportunity of the extra session at the 4:20 mark, as a set faceoff play earned him a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle, but his attempt was turned away by Morin.
Trinity's final attempt to secure the win came with 2:10 on the clock when first-year Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) redirected a hard cross-ice pass on net, but Girard got his stick on the shot and safely played the puck into the corner as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Bantams return to action next weekend when they travel to Williams on Friday before a Saturday afternoon matchup at Middlebury.