Brunswick, Maine – The Trinity College men’s ice hockey team stormed the Bowdoin College Polar Beats in an 8-1 final in New England Small College Athletic Conference action on Friday night in Watson Arena. Trinity ranked No. 7 in the nation, climbs to 15-5-1 overall and 10-4-1 in the NESCAC with its third-consecutive victory. The Polar Bears drop to 9-11-1 and 5-9-1 in the league. Trinity senior forward Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) posted a hat trick in his second-straight game, while sophomore teammate Cole Poliziani (Burlington, Ontario) also scored three times. The Bantams play at Colby tomorrow with a 3 p.m. start, and the Polar Bears host Wesleyan on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Bantams jumped out to an early lead, scoring just 1:12 into action. Trinity sophomore forward Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine) cycled the puck up to rookie defenseman Andrew Troy (Ithaca, N.Y.) who fired a shot from the high slot. Gammil deflected the puck as it came towards net, besting Bowdoin's Alex Zafonte. Trinity doubled its lead with a power-play tally 4:41 into the second. Poliziani deflected a shot in front of the net off an initial bid by junior forward Devin Moore (Danville, N.H.) from the left point.
Bowdoin cut the deficit in half during four-on-four action. Ronnie Lestan brought the puck up the left side and found Albert Washco on the far side. Washco skated into the Trinity zone and wristed a shot past Trinity sophomore backstop Jonah Capriotti (Mount Hope, Ontario). Senior forward Jack McCarthy (Wakefield, Mass.) extended Trinity’s lead back to two with 4:44 remaining in the frame. Bantam junior forward Nick Polsinelli (Galloway, N.J.) skated the puck into Bowdoin territory with McCarthy on his right for a two-on-one. Polsinelli drew Zafonte and dished right for McCarthy to finish the play far side. Trinity exploded for five goals in the third period, including four with the extra skater.
Besides Gammill and Poliziani, who added an assist for a fourth point, Trinity boasted three other multiple-point scorers in the contest. Moore accounted for four assists and Michaud had three, while junior forward Taggart Corriveau (New Britain, Conn.) added a goal and an assist. Capriotti made 21 saves, while Zafonte made 30 stops and Kyle St. Deni had three stops for Bowdoin. Trinity was 5-for-7 on power play and killed off all four Polar Bear power-play opportunities.