Hartford, Conn. – The #1 Trinity College men’s ice hockey program picked up its 10th win of the season Friday night, winning a back-and-forth contest against Middlebury, 4-3. The Bantams (10-1, 5-0 NESCAC) battled from behind in the second period, with junior forward James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.) scoring two consecutive goals in the win.
Senior goaltender Tedy Loughbough (Wellesley, Mass.) picked up his eighth win of the season, making 21 saves against the Panthers (7-4-0, 5-2-0 NESCAC).
Both teams played a timid opening 20 minutes; Trinity looked like the better offensive team, outshooting the hosts 15-5 in the first period. Seven minutes into the second period, however, it was Middlebury who struck first. Junior Alex Heinritz caught a rebound off the pad of Loughborough after the initial shot was saved; he one-timed it from the far faceoff circle, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Just four minutes later, the Bantams leveled the score, scoring its 12th power play goal of the season. Junior James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.) picked up a rebound near the goal line, but was parallel with the goal; with his body facing the side of the net, he shot a wrister that somehow traveled along the goal line and into the back of the net, tying the score at 1-1.
With six minutes remaining in the second, it was James Callahan once again; this time, his goal gave the Bantams a 2-1 advantage. Callahan collected a pass from senior Jack McCarthy (Wakefield, Mass.) through the neutral zone — after winning the one-on-one battle with the lone Middlebury defender through the zone, he fired a shot glove side to give Trinity the lead.
With two minutes remaining in the frame, Trinity extended its lead with another power play goal. Senior Barclay Gammill (New Cannan, Conn.) received a pass off the face-off win; after sitting at the top of the slot for a moment, he fired a rocket that went top-right, making it 3-1 just before the second period horn sounded.
Just over a minute into the third period, the Panthers pulled within one. Emack Bentley collected a pass during a two-on-one through the neutral zone to make it 3-2, but the Bantams quickly responded. Less than a minute later, a turnover led to an odd-man rush; first-year Riley Prattson (Tolland, Conn.) fed senior captain Adam Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn.) who one-timed it home in front of the crease to make it 4-2.
The Panthers wouldn’t go away, cutting the lead back to one with 12 minutes left in the third. as Middlebury had numbers ahead, and junior Michael Fahie was able to redirect a centering pass home, making it 4-3 and setting up for an exciting ending.
Both teams went blow-for-blow through the final 10 minutes of the period, but Trinity was able to hold on for the win. The Bantams outshot Middlebury 39-21, and continued its hot power play streak with two more special teams tallies.
The program returns to action tomorrow afternoon, traveling to Williams; puck drop is slated for 3 p.m.