Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore forward Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine) had a goal and an assist and senior goaltender Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley, Mass.) posted a shutout with 25 saves to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Colby College Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s ice hockey action this afternoon at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 1 in the nation, improves to 12-1-1 overall and 7-0-1 in the NESCAC, while extending its unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1). Colby falls to 5-8-1 overall and 2-7 in the league with its third-consecutive setback.
After early pressure by the Mules that forced Loughborough to make six saves in the opening minutes, Trinity got on the board 4:37 into the first frame when Michaud scored his sixth goal of the winter on a rebound after an initial shot by senior forward Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.). In the second period, Trinity peppered Colby senior backstop Andrew Tucci (Toronto, Ontario) with 20 shots, but could not extend its lead, and the Colby offense was anemic with just three shots on goal.
The Bantams broke the game open in the third period, beginning with a goal on another rebound that caromed off the top bar and in off the stick of sophomore forward Cole Poliziani (Burlington, Ontario) just 2:38 after the final break. Bantam senior forward Jack McCarthy (Wakefield, Mass.) provided the shot that bounced off Tucci to Poliziani for his fourth goal of the season. Trinity junior forward Eric Benshadle (Buffalo, N.Y.) nearly scored moments later, but his open bid hit iron.
Trinity scored the game’s final goal on a power play with precision passing by senior defenseman Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) and Michaud to set up junior blue liner Michael Grande (West Chester, Pa.) for his fourth goal of the year with 14:11 on the clock. Loughborough was solid in the final period with 11 stops, stonewalling Mule senior forward J.P Schuhlen (Longmeadow, Mass.) one-on-one to preserve the shutout.
Junior Taggart Corriveau (New Britain, Conn.) and first-year Paul Selleck (Laguna Hills, Calif.) picked up assists for the Trinity offense, while Tucci finished with 42 saves for the Mules. Trinity was 1-for-4 on power plays and Colby was 0-for-4, while both teams were whistled for six penalties for 12 minutes. Trinity plays next at NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Friday at 7 p.m. The Mules host No. 13-ranked Williams on Friday at the same time.