Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's hockey team scored three times in the first period and cruised the rest of the way to pick up a 4-0 shutout victory over the visiting Middlebury College Panthers on Saturday afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action at the Koeppel Center. The Bantams improve to 7-3-2 on the year and 3-2-1 in league play while Middlebury falls to 5-6-1 and 3-4-1 in the NESCAC.
Trinity earned a power play early in the first period which led to the first score of the game. The Bantams set up their power play offense in MIddlebury's zone as junior Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) sent a pass to sophomore Michael Grande (West Chester, Pa.) at the point. Grande fired a shot that was re-directed into the back of the net off the stick of junior Taggart Corriveau (New Britain, Conn.) to give the hosts a one goal lead.
The Bantams doubled up their lead a few minutes later when Grande sent a pass up ice to classmate Eric Benshadle (Getzville, N.Y.) who found himself one-on-one with Middlebury goalie Brian Ketchabaw (Rye Brook, N.Y.). Benshadle deked Ketchabaw and flipped his second goal of the winter into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.
Trinity struck again on the power play, at the 11:21 mark, when Feeney sent a wrister from the point that Corriveau got a stick on and tipped into the back of the net for a commanding 3-0 lead in the first period. The Panthers earned a power play opportunity with less than five minutes to go in the opening frame but Trinity's penalty kill unit did its job to maintain the 3-0 lead as the team's entered the locker rooms for the first intermission.
The second period came and went without a goal, although there were a combined six penalties. Five of those were whistled on the Bantams but Middlebury was unable to turn any of the man-up opportunities into scores.
Senior captain Ryan Pfeffer (Canton, Mass.) scored his second goal in as many days early into the third period, firing a wrist shot from just inside the blue line to give Trinity a 4-0 advantage which stood as the final.
Trinity first-year goalie Jonah Capriotti (Mount Hope, Ontario) made 24 saves in his second clean sheet of the year. The Bantams outshot the Panthers, 43-24 and went 2-for-4 on the power play with both goals coming from Corriveau.