Trinity Scores Four In The Third To Overtake Tufts In Men's Ice Hockey

Blake Carrick '21 scored the first goal of his collegiate career
Blake Carrick '21 scored the first goal of his collegiate career

Malden, Mass. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams scored four times in the third period to overcome a 1-0 deficit and post a 4-1 victory against the Tufts University Jumbos in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey game on Friday night at Valley Forum.  Freshman James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.) scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to lead the No. 6-ranked Bantams, who improved to 10-3-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the conference. The Jumbos, who took a 1-0 lead in the game late in the second period on a goal by sophomore Tyler Scroggins, dropped to 3-10-2 and 2-6-1.

The Jumbos were looking to extend a three-game unbeaten streak to begin the second semester, and senior Nik Nugnes stopped all 25 shots that he faced in the first 40 minutes.  After a Jumbo penalty released with 1:40 remaining in the second period, Tufts opened the scoring as Scroggins netted his third of the year wtih a shot from the left wing with 1:20 on the clock. Trinity had a 16-5 advantage in shots for the second period, but the Jumbo goal sent them to the locker room up 1-0.  The tide turned in the third, as Trinity applied heavy pressure and received a pair of goals from defensemen on slap shots from the point to take a lead. Callahan's goal 1:36 into the third and the game-winner by senior captain Griffyn Martin (Southport, Conn.) at 7:15 put the visitors up 2-1. Nugnes made a pair of tough saves in the middle of the period to keep it a one-goal game, including one on a point-black shot by Bantam freshman Dylan Healey with 7:45 on the clock.

The Bantams expanded their lead when freshman Blake Carrick finished off a 2-on-1 at 12:59 of the third. Callahan then locked up the victory with his second of the game from the slot at 18:10 to finish Trinity's four-goal barrage in the third period. He also had an assist on Carrick's goal to finish with a three-point night.  Shots finished at 36-14 in favor of Trinity, with Nugnes making 32 saves in the Tufts net and Trinity senior Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) needing only 13 stops to record the victory. Morin gloved an open blast by Jumbo sophomore Anthony Farinacci late in the second period with the game still scoreless.  The Jumbos had a very slight edge in face-offs with 35 wins overall, including 11 by Scroggins. Sophomore Machlan Sawden took five of his six draws. Jumbo senior defenseman Dan Kelly, who had an assist on Scroggins' goal, blocked four shots in the game.  Trinity moves on to play Connecticut College tomorrow at 3 p.m.  Tufts finishes a five-game homestand against Wesleyan tomorrow in a 4 p.m. start at Valley Forum.