Hartford, Conn.— The Trinity College men’s ice hockey team fell in its first contest of the weekend, dropping a NESCAC contest to Amherst College, 2-1. The Mammoths (6-9-2, 4-6-1 NESCAC) came out on top, using two third-period goals to upset the Bantams. Trinity falls to 12-4-1 overall and 7-3-1 in the conference, and will look to end its three-game losing streak Saturday.
Both teams came out aggressive in the first period, combining for 10 shots in the first five minutes. The Bantams and Mammoths were evenly matched for most of the first period, with a handful of Mammoth opportunities at the 5:00 mark on a power play. After tight play for the majority of the first, the Bantams took the lead. With 1:54 to go in the first, senior Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) scored off a centering pass for his first goal of the season, with assists credited to sophomore Cole Poliziani (Burlington, Ontario) and junior Michael Grande (West Chester.
Trinity came up with a strong start in the second frame with four shots in the first four minutes. Both teams had opportunities at the net, with 14 shots for Trinity, and 11 for Amherst; stellar goalkeeping by both goaltenders left the second period scoreless.
With 14:32 left to play in the third period, Amherst battled back from a one-goal deficit on a power play to level the score at 1-1. Stephen REx scored from the right side, with a hard shot finding the far corner of the net to tie the game.
After battling it out throughout the last half of the third period, Amherst scored the game-winner with 1:04 to go. Patrick Daly carried the puck and lifted a shot that was mishandled, giving the Mammoths the lead and forcing a Trinity timeout. The Bantams had a chance at the end to tie it, but couldn’t get a clear shot, falling 2-1.
Senior Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley, Mass.) finished the game with 36 saves, with Amherst just outshooting Trinity 38-36.
The Bantams will look to get back on track Saturday, playing host Hamilton. Puck drop is slated for 4 p.m.