Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men’s ice hockey program fought from behind the entire contest Saturday night, forcing overtime with a minute remaining in regulation to draw with Bowdoin, 3-3. The Bantams (11-1-1, 6-0-1 NESCAC) remain unbeaten in NESCAC play thanks to junior Dylan Healey’s (Goshen, N.Y.) tip-in goal with just over a minute remaining in the third period.
Despite a sluggish start, the Bantams finished with a 41-32 shot advantage; Trinity outshot the Polar Bears (8-5-1, 4-3-1 NESCAC) 21-7 in the final 25 minutes of the contest. Senior goaltender Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley, Mass.) made 28 saves on the evening, keeping the Bantams unbeaten at home.
Scoring started just three and a half minutes into the first period. After a flurry of faceoffs and a Trinity penalty, neither side could gain any momentum until Bowdoin’s first shot on net went in. Senior Christian Capello turned over the Bantams and led a two-on-one break; after firing off a shot, first-year Bobby Murray tucked in the rebound, making it 1-0 and putting a jump into the atmosphere.
Just over a minute into the second period, the Polar Bears doubled its lead. Senior Thomas Dunleavey was fed a beautiful pass just in front of the crease from sophomore Kyle Jadatz. His snapshot sailed past the right shoulder of senior netminder Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley, Mass.), making it 2-0 and putting pressure on the hosts.
Bowdoin played a clean game until the 16-minute marker in the second period. Trinity drew its first penalty of the game, and had it almost completely killed off; with one second remaining on the power play, junior James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.) cut the lead in half. Junior Timothy Weinstein (Norwood, Mass.) muscled his way down the boards and was dragged down as he fed classmate Nicholas Polsinelli; Polsinelli back-handed it to Callahan, who snapped it home to make it 2-1.
The Bantams offense caught fire late in the second period, and with three minutes remaining, knotted the game at 2-2. After junior Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) rifled a shot off the post, Weinstein collected the rebound and fed senior Barclay Gammill (New Cannan, Conn.). The pass caught Bowdoin goaltender Alex Zafonte off the line, and Gammill made him pay by tying the score.
With just over three minutes remaining, Bowdoin seemed to have won the game. A beautiful goal from Dunleavey — his second of the game — gave the Polar Bears a 3-2 advantage, putting the pressure on the #1-seed. After pulling Loughborough and skating six, the Bantams found twine in exciting fashion. Gammill fed sophomore Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine), who then found the tape of Healey; Healey, in front of the crease, was able to sneak a one-timer past Zafonte to tie the game.
Trinity had a stellar chance in overtime before the dust settled, seeing sophomore Cole Poliziani come inches from the right post. Loughborough made a handful of great saves in the dying second of the overtime period.
Trinity has a quick turnaround, hitting the ice once again Sunday afternoon for a matinee contest against Colby. Puck drop is slated for 4 p.m.