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Trinity Men's Ice Hockey Downs Williams In Key NESCAC Matchup

Barclay Gammill'20 had a hat trick, including the game-winner
Barclay Gammill'20 had a hat trick, including the game-winner

Hartford, Conn. - Senior forward Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) had a hat trick to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Williams College Ephs in a battle of No. 9-ranked (tied) New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey teams this afternoon at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center.  Trinity improves to 14-5-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the NESCAC, while the Ephs drop to 13-6-1 overall and 10-4 in the league.  Trinity visits Bowdoin next and the Ephs host Middlebury.  Both games will be on Valentine's Day next Friday night.

Trinty first-year forward Riley Prattson (Tolland, Conn.) opened the scoring with a wrist shot from straight on, converting on a pass from the left wing by senior defenseman Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) 5:50 into the first period.  Williams answered with a goal by Nick Van Belle (Stamford, Conn.) at the 10:43 mark, but Gammill scored the first of his three tallies on another wrist shot.  This one was from behind the left circle and gave Trinity the lead for good with four minutes remaining and assists provided by junior blue liners Tim Weinstein (Norwood, Mass.) and James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.).  Junior forward Taggart Corriveau (New Britain, Conn.) stuffed in the third Bantam goal of the first frame with Callahan and Weinstein again credited with helpers on the power-play marker with 1:13 on the clock during an Eph five-minute major infraction.

The defenses were stellar in the middle stanza, allowing just 20 total shots between the teams without a goal.  Williams senior defenseman Peter Christie (Durham, N.H.) hit the post with a bounder from just inside the blue line on the left with just under 14 minutes on the clock, while Trinity senior forward Jack McCarthy (Wakefield, Mass.) was denied on an odd man rush by Eph freshman goalie Evan Ruschil (Katonah, N.Y.) with 46 seconds on the clock.  Ruschil had 29 saves after two periods, while Trinity sophomore netminder Jonah Capriotti (Mount Hope, Ontario) had just 13 stops but had allowed just one goal.

Williams cut its deficit to 3-2 with a power-play goal 6:15 into the third period by Niko Karamanis (Courtenay, British Columbia), but Gammill responded with the game-winner at the 17:31 mark from Weinstein and sophomore forward Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine).  Nick Altmann (Duluth, Minn.) made it a one-goal game again, scoring with 28 seconds remaining, but Gammill completed his hat trick witn an empty netter to put the game away 11 seconds later.  Ruschil finished with 37 saves, while Capriotti came up with 15 more in the final stanza for a total of 28.  Weinstein finished with three assists., while both Callahan and Michaud had two.  Altmann and Karamanis each had a goal and an assist for Williams, while Bob Beniers (Hingham, Mass.) and Jack McCool (Boston, Mass.) added two Eph helpers apiece.