Manchester, N.H. - Senior forward Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) scored twice in the first period to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 3-1 victory over the SUNY-Potsdam Bears in the opening round of the St. Anselm College Thanksgiving Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. Trinity, ranked No. 5 in the nation, improves to 6-0 with the win in the first-ever meeting between the Bantams and the Bears, and will face the host St. Anselm Hawks tomorrow at 4 p.m. Potsdam State, now 1-7-1, plays Wesleyan tomorrow at St. Anselm at 1 p.m.
Gammill gave Trinity a 2-0 lead in a span of just 2:01 in the opening period. At 7:51, he knocked home a centering pass by junior Eric Benshadle (Buffalo, N.Y.) in the slot for a 1-0 lead. At 9:46, the Bears were whistled for a charging penalty and six seconds later, Gammill scored again as the puck was redirected in front of Bear goalie Michael Paglucca. Junior defenseman Michael Grande (Des Plaines, Ill.) and sophomore Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine) assisted on the what proved to be the game-winner. Trinity trailed on the shot chart in the first frame, 10-8, but took advantage of three power-play opportunities in the second period to outshoot Potsdam State, 16-7. Still, the score was unchanged after two periods.
Trinity got off five shots during a four-minute power play to start the third period, but the Bears were the first to score in the final stanza when Ben Thompson scored on power play at the 10:51 mark. The Bantams countered with their second power-play goal at 14:37 as junior defenseman James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.) found the back of the net to close the scoring at 3-1. Sophomore backstop Jonah Capriotti (Mount Hope, Ontario) made 20 saves to earn the win for Trinity. The Bantams were 2-for-7 on the man advantage and the Bears were 1-for-2.