Hartford, Conn. – The visiting Hobart College Statesmen scored the game's final three goals, including the game-tying and game-winning markers during a 1:11 span in the third period, as the Trinity College Bantams suffered their first loss of the season, 3-2, at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, drops to 6-1-1 and ends a 16-game winning streak at home, and the No. 11-ranked Statesmen improve to 7-2-2 with their third consecutive victory. The teams will complete the two-game series in Hartford tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Trinity struck first at the 8:46 mark of the opening period when sophomore forward Jack McCarthy (Wakefield, Mass.) smacked in a rebound after Hobart sophomore goaltender Alex Connal (Simsbury, Conn.) had saved the initial shot by Bantam rookie defenseman James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.). Fellow Trinity first-year Eric Benshadle (Getzville, N.Y.) also assisted on the play. Trinity came out firing in the second stanza, taking a 2-0 lead on a power-play goal by sophomore defenseman Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) and finishing with a 16-to-7 shooting edge, but the Statesmemn cut the Bantam lead in half with a goal by freshman forward Ryan Lynch (Milford, Conn.) with 9:34 remaining before the final break.
Hobart junior forward Jonas Toupal (Veelna, Czech Republic) tied the game at 2-2 with a goal 7:52 into the third frame, and senior forward Vincent Russo (Jackson, N.J.) put the visitors ahead with 10:57 on the clock. Connal made nine of his 34 saves over the game's final 10 minutes to preserve the win for Hobart, while Trinity senior backstop Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) finished with 27 stops. Bantam senior forwards Anthony Sabitsky (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) provided assists on Feeney's goal, while senior Jordan Haskell (Toole, Utah) and sophomore Will Harrison (Springfield, Va.) had helpers on the game-tying and game-winning goal, respectively.