Middlebury, Vt. – Sophomore forward Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 4-1 win over the Middlebury College Panthers in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this afternoon at Kenton Arena. Trinity scored at least once in each period, as the No. 13-ranked Bantams improved to 12-3-5 overall and 8-2-4 in the league with their second victory in two days. The Panthers fall to 8-10-2 overall and 5-7-2) in the league. Trinity extends its unbeaten streak to nine games (6-0-3) and will host NESCAC rival Colby on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. Middlebury is at Williams on Friday at 7 p.m.
Middlebury withstood early pressure by the Bantams with goalie Brian Ketchabaw making saves on each of the first five shots by the visitors fired in his direction. The hosts appeared to get on the scoreboard with 3:34 expired, but the tally was waved off due to offsides entering the zone. Trinity took a 1-0 lead with 10:06 on the clock when Trinity rookie forward Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine) swooped in and tucked in a rebound after the initial shot by junior forward Nick Fiorentino (Hartsdale, N.Y.).
The Bantams had a goal disallowed of their own just 33 seconds into the middle stanza, but eventually grabbed a two-goal edge near the midway point. Sophomore forward Nicholas Polsinelli (Galloway, N.J.) snapped a rebound off the cross bar with 8:33 expired. Trinity added another tally with 6:10 on the clock, as senior Andy Chugg (Mesa, Ariz.) lifted a rebound from the bottom of the right circle. Middlebury had a late opportunity when Cole Joslin pushed a puck along the boards ahead to Matt Danner, but the latter's shot from the left wing was turned aside by Trinity junior backstop Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley, Mass.).
In the final 20 minutes, the Bantams made it a 4-0 contest with a power-play goal 5:32 into the period. Healey occupied the top of the crease and tipped in a shot from the point by sophomore defenseman Michael Grande (West Chester, Pa.). The hosts got on the scoreboard with 6:35 remaining when Kamil Tkaczuk wired a shot into the short-side corner from the left circle with the Panthers on the man advantage. Ketchabaw finished the game with 39 saves, while Loughborough made 22 stops for the Bantams. The visitors held a 43-23 advantage in shots and scored on their only power-play chance, while Middlebury went 1-5 with the man advantage.