Waterville, Maine. – Junior Nick O'Connor (Canton, Mass.) scored twice and assisted on a third goal and senior goalie Sean Lawrence (Granite Bay, Calif) made 46 saves to record a shutout, as the Colby College Mules posted a 3-0 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday evening at Alfond Rink. Colby pushed its overall and league records over .500 at 11-10 overall and 8-7 in conference action. Trinity, ranked No. 5 in the nation, ended a nine-game winning streak and falls to 15-4-2 overall and 12-2-1 in NESCAC play. The Bantams will travel to Bowdoin for their last away game of the regular season tomorrow at 3 pm.
Both teams had a series of scoring chances early in the first period but both goalies were equal to the task. Trinity senior netminder Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) stopped one Mule opportunity with a blocker save on a shot by J.P Schuhlen (Longmeadow, Mass.) from the slot just over three minutes into the game. Trinity junior forward Ryan Pfeffer (Canton, Mass.) sent the puck past the Colby defensemen to sophomore Charlie Zuccarini (Shelton, Conn.) but Lawrence responded with a glove save with 8:44 left in the opening stanza. With just under five minutes to go before the first break, Bantam senior forward Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) had another scoring opportunity but shot net wide. Colby received the miss and quickly transitioned the other way, but Schuhlen's breakway opportunity was stymied by Morin's glove. Colby finally started the scoring when sophomore Kienan Scott (Spokane, Wash.) netted his first goal of the season from Schuhlen and O’Connor on a well-executed 3-on-2 at 17:54 in the first period.
The Mules came up empty during a 3:58 power-play opportunity just before the midpoint of the second period. The Trinity penalty kill held Colby to just one shot during the first two-minute session, but a second Bantam infraction at 11:07 extended it and Morin had to make three saves to keep the Trinity deficit at one. Later in the second, Colby senior Cam MacDonald (Westford, Mass.) was left alone in the slot but his point-blank shot deflected off Morin's shoulder. Trinity pushed back at the end of the period, as defensemen James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.) and Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) were both denied by Lawrence on decent looks and sophomore forward Barclay Gammill (New Canton, Conn.) missed wide on an open look. With the Mules playing short-handed, O'Connor netted his first goal on the game and the season at 4:02 in the third period after tic-tac-toe passing around the Trinity defensemen on a 3-on-2. The Bantams pulled Morin, who finished with 25 saves, with just under two minutes but were unable to keep the puck in the Colby defensive zone. O'Connor added an empty-netter at 18:52.