Hartford, Conn. - After falling behind, 3-0 in the first period, the Trinity College men's hockey team came back to win, 6-4, over the Aurora University Spartans on Saturday at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. Senior captain Ryan Pfeffer (Canton, Mass.) helped carry Trinity back from the three-goal deficit, scoring four times and adding an assist in the second and third periods, as the No. 5-ranked Bantams improve to 3-0-1 on the year. Aurora falls to 4-3 overall.
The Spartans scored three times in less than three minutes, starting at the 10:13 mark in the first period to take a commanding lead early. Drew Doyon (Carmel, Ind.) started things before Dylan Rauh (Aurora, Colo.) scored twice in just 13 seconds to give Aurora the 3-0 lead. Doyon assisted on both of Rauh's goals to give him three points on the afternoon.
Trinity clawed its way back into the game thanks in part to five Aurora penalties, three of which the Bantams turned into goals. After a tripping call early in the second period, sophomore Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) fired the puck into the back of the net in the early-going of the power play to put the Bantams on the board. Pfeffer and junior Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) set Healey up with assists on the score. Eight minutes later however, Aurora got its fourth goal of the afternoon, also of the power play variety, when Shawn O'Malley (Ann Arbor, Mich.) beat rookie Jonah Capriotti (Mount Hope, Ontario) to put the visitors back ahead by three. Capriotti finished with 24 saves in his first collegiate victory between the pipes.
At the 16:13 mark in the second period, Pfeffer potted his first of four goals as Trinity once again made good on a power play opportunity. Trinity rookie Devin Moore (Danville, N.H.) made a beautiful pass with his skate to junior Andy Chugg (Mesa, Ariz.) who fed Pfeffer for the goal. The Bantams got within one less than a minute later when Healey scored his second goal of the game with helpers from Moore and Gammill as the Bantams found themselves down just one goal entering the second intermission.
Trinity dominated the third period as Pfeffer scored three more times to put the game away. The first came just 59 seconds into the stanza after Aurora was called for a tripping penalty. Pfeffer converted on the power play just ten seconds into the advantage to tie things at 4-4. The senior captain scored once again at the 8:22 mark thanks to a dish from Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine), before putting a bow on his day with 1:38 left to play, finding the back of the net for the fourth time.
Both teams finished with 31 shots while the Spartans were dominant on the faceoff, winning 41 out of 66 times. Trinity returns to the ice tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. for a game versus Saint Anselm.