Men's Hockey Begins Maine Trip With 2-1 Victory Over Colby

Jonah Capriotti '22
Jonah Capriotti '22

Waterville, Maine - The Trinity College men's hockey team came away with a 2-1 victory over the Colby College Mules on Friday night in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action at Alfond Rink. The Bantams, ranked No. 10 in the country, improve to 8-3-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the conference while the Mules fall to 5-5-2 on the year and 2-5-1 in league play. Trinity wraps up its weekend in Maine tomorrow with a 4 p.m. NESCAC battle versus Bowdoin.

Trinity junior Andy Chugg (Scottsdale, Ariz.) potted Trinity's first score of the game, a goal at 7:14 in the opening period. The goal was set up by rookie Taggart Corriveau (New Britain, Conn.) who won a puck along the right-side boards and immediately passed the puck in the high slot to Chugg. Chugg clapped home a one-timer for his sixth goal of the season and the game's only score for the first 40 minutes. Colby only managed three shots on goal in the first period, but one of them nearly tied the game at 1-1. Nick O'Connor (Canton, Mass.) clanked a shot off the left goal post with about 11 minutes to play in what was one of Colby's best scoring chances of the evening.
 
After a scoreless second period that featured three combined power play opportunities, Colby dumped the puck in on a delayed offside and Trinity came storming up the ice to score the second goal. Sophomore Timothy Weinstein (Norwood, Mass.) pushed a pass up to classmate Michael Grande (West Chester, Pa.), who came over center ice and found junior assistant captain Adam Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn.) alone on the left. Colby was late getting over on Anderson and he ripped a a shot into the top shelf of the net to give the Bantams a 2-0 advantage.
 
Colby ended the shutout with just 1:07 left to play in the game when Logan Clarke (Saint Lazare, Quebec) scored his second goal of the season off assists from Thomas Stahlhuth (Webster Groves, Mo.) and O'Connor. The score proved to be too little, too late, as Trinity killed off the rest of the clock and held on for the win.
 
The Bantams came into the game with the best power play and penalty kill units in the league, but the Mules had the lone power play score and held Trinity to 0-for-3 with the man advantage. Bantam rookie Jonah Capriotti (Mount Hope, Ontario) stopped 18 shots on the night to move to 4-1-1 on the season. Colby goalie Andrew Tucci (Toronto, Ontario) finished with 30 saves, 15 of which came in the opening period.