Hartford, Conn. – First-year forward Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Hamilton College Continentals 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. 5 in the nation, improves to 12-3-2 overall and a league-best 9-1-1 against conference foes with its sixth consecutive win. Hamilton drops to 10-6-1 overall and 4-6-1 in the NESCAC with its fourth conference setback in a row. Trinity will host league rival Amherst tomorrow at 4 p.m. and the Continentals visit Wesleyan tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Healey broke a 1-1 tie with 4:28 remaining in the second period, possessing the puck after a Hamilton turnover and shooting quickly for an unassisted goal past Continental sophomore goaltender Anthony Tirabassi (Niagara Falls, N.Y.). The visitors applied the majority of the pressure in the second period, including three early shots in the first 90 seconds while the Bantams were killing penalties. Trinity senior netminder Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) saved two of the three and the third was blocked by the Trinity defense. Hamilton finished with a 12-to-8 shooting edge in the middle frame, after Trinity had outshot them, 10-6, in the first period, but could not put the puck in the net. Neither team could score in the third stanza, until Trinity senior forward Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) sealed it with an empty-netter at the 10-second mark.
The Bantams had gotten on the board first when Tirabassi stopped a shot from the point by Trinity senior captain Connor Hegarty (Wakefield, Mass.) only to have the puck appear behind him for junior forward Ryan Pfeffer (Canton, Mass.) to knock into an empty goal 8:57 into the contest. Hamilton answered when junior forward Rory Gagnon (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) just beat Morin’s glove with a wrister while streaking from right to left in front of the goal. Trinity took two penalties in the final two minutes of the opening period, but nearly went ahead during the 3-on-5 when senior captain Anthony Sabitsky (Sicklerville, N.J.) was stopped one-on-one by Tirabassi.
Morin finished with 25 saves and Tirabassi had 26 stops. Hegarty and junior forward Mark Knowlton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) collected assists on Pfeffer’s goal, while sophomore Bennett Morrison (St. Bruno, Quebec) and freshman Jon Beniers (Abington, Mass.) had assists on Gagnon’s goal for the visitors. Trinity finished with a 29-to-26 shooting advantage, committed four penalties for eight minutes, and went scoreless on four power plays. Hamilton was whistled twice for two-minute penalties and was 0-for-4 on power plays. Trinity is 3-0-1 in its last four games against the Continentals.