Middletown, Conn. Junior forward Ryan Pfeffer (Canton, Mass.) and sophomore defenseman Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) each had a goal and assist to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 3-1 victory over the Wesleyan University Cardinals in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey regular-season finale for both teams this afternoon at Spurrier-Snyder Rink in Middletown. Trinity, ranked No. 6 in the nation, closes the regular campaign with a 17-5-2 overall record and finishes at the top of the NESCAC standings with a 14-3-1 mark in the conference. Wesleyan, which defeated Trinity, 2-1, in Hartford last night, ends at 12-7-5 overall and 8-6-4 in the conference. Both teams have qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament, which the Bantams won last season, and Trinity will host Tufts in the first round of eight-team tournament as the top seed next Saturday.
First-year Blake Carrick (Orlando Park, Ill.) scored from senior forward Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) at 8:11 in the first period as he dragged the puck across hit body, shot through the defensive screen, and beat the Wesleyan goalie Tim Sestak far post for his second career goal. Trinity senior backstop Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard with a save on a one-timer from close and straight-on in transition by Wesleyan's Walker Harris with four minutes left in the opening frame. The home team tied it at 7:57 in the second period with a goal by junior Luke Babcock (Stratham, N.H.) who beat Morin glove side from Harris and Chad Malinowski (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.). The Bantams scored late in the period to take the lead when Pfeffer capitalized on a rebound off a hard slapshot by Liam Feeney from the blue line.
Wesleyan played almost penalty free, committing just one infraction, but gave up a third goal during its own power play when Pfeffer returned the favor to Feeney on a two-on-one as time expired in the second period. Morin had 16 saves in the first two periods but needed to make just four in the final stanza, as the Bantam defense held the Cardinals to just four shots-on-goal in the third. The Bantams finished with a 41-21 shooting edge, with Sestak totaling 38 saves, and killed off all three of its penalties.