Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore forward Sam Kane (Needham, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal 9:12 into the third period and junior goaltender Ben Coulthard (South Windsor, Conn.) made 33 saves to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 1-1 stalemate against the visiting Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 15 in the nation, moves to 5-3-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the NESCAC while snapping a two-game losing skid. The Ephs are now 6-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the league and have not lost in five games (4-0-1).
Williams opened the scoring with 58 seconds left in the opening period on a goal by senior defenseman Mike Brofft (Spring City, Pa.) from classmates Eric Rubino (Woodbridge, Ontario) and Evan Dugdale (Glastonbury, Conn.). The Ephs were the aggressors for the entire first stanza, holding an 11-6 edge shooting at the first break. After a scoreless second period and half the third frame went by, Trinity first-year forward Elie Vered (Ottawa, Ontario) showed nifty stickwork in traffic close on the right wing before feeding Kane near the far post for a one-timer into the top half of the net that tied the score. Bantam junior forward Will Gray (Wellesley, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on Kane's first tally of the season.
Trinity rallied to outshoot the Ephs, 31-20, over the second and third periods, but Williams controlled the puck for the majority of overtime. Trinity's closest chance in the extra frame came when Gray passed across the ice to rookie forward Jim Burt (Hamden, Conn.) on a 3-on-2 opportunity, and Burt caught the puck and dropped it between his legs for a shot before the Eph defense disrupted the play. Coulthard made a game-saving glove save with a minute left in overtime, and Eph sophomore backstop Sean Dougherty (Smithtown, N.Y.) made the last two of his 39 saves back-to-back during a Trinity rush inside the last minute.
"I am very proud of our effort and execution tonight," said Trinity Head Coach Matt Greason.