Amherst, Mass. – Junior forward Nicholas Polsinelli (Galloway, N.J.) scored two goals to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 2-1 victory over the Amherst College Mammoths in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this evening at Orr Rink. Trinity, ranked No. 7 in the nation, improves to 3-0 overall and in the NESCAC, while the Mammoths fall to 1-1 overall and in the league.
Polsinelli potted his first of the year on an unassisted short-handed tally 11:55 into the game. Taking advantage of a hurried dish back to the defense following a faceoff, Polsinelli poked the puck out of the zone to earn a breakaway before sniping a shot from the high slot over the glove of Mammoth backstop Giancarlo Venture.
Taking a two-goal lead into the first intermission, Polsinelli found twine for the second time in the opening 20 minutes off a Trinity faceoff victory in the neutral zone. Collecting a dish from sophomore forward Cole Poliziani (Burlington, Ontario) on the wing, Polsinelli's wrister from the right dot hit off the knob of Venture's stick before the momentum from the force of the shot carried the puck over the goal line. Bantam junior forward Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) also assisted on the play.
Junior Nick Bondra had two solid scoring chances for the Mammoths in a bid to get the home team on the board in the first period, but both his wrist shot from the top of the right circle and a deke to his backhand were met with clutch stops by Trinity senior goaltender Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley, Mass.) at the 7:40 and 1:15 marks, respectively.
Cutting the Bantam's lead in half 1:48 into the second stanza, first-year Christian Powers netted his first collegiate goal with helpers from Pieter von Steinbergs and Joey Verkerke. The Mammoths made every effort to force overtime down the stretch with 23 third-period shots, but Loughborough stood strong to lift the visitors to the one-goal victory.
Facing a combined 86 shots in a highly contested bout, Giancarlo Ventre (1-1-0) registered 43 saves for the Mammoths in the losing effort in between the pipes, while Teddy Loughborough (3-0-0) made 40 stops for Trinity in the win. The Bantams held a 45-41 edge in shots on frame on the night and went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Amherst finished 0-for-5 up a skater.