Hartford, Conn. – The #2 Trinity College men’s ice hockey team dropped its first contest of the season Wednesday night, coming up short in an exciting back-and-forth battle against #8 Hobart, 4-2. The Bantams finish its 2019 calendar year with a 7-1 overall record and will return to the ice January 3rd.
The Statesmen led the first period in shots 13-8, but it was the Bantams who struck first. On its third power play opportunity of the night, senior Jack McCarthy (Wakefield, Mass.) centered a pass from the left faceoff circle; the puck took a deflection and found the back of the net, giving McCarthy his first of the season and a 1-0 lead early in the second period.
Hobart needed just 22 seconds to respond. Junior Ryan Lynch (Milton, Conn.) was fed a centering pass behind the net from sophomore Blake Coffey (Toronto, Ontario) and one-timed it past senior netminder Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley, Mass.) to level the score.
With nine minutes left in the second period, the Statesmen took the lead. Sophomore Dan Sliney (Warwick, R.I.) was fed a breakaway pass through the neutral zone. All alone, he was able to make a move around Loughborough to take the lead.
Trinity scored its second power play goal of the night with five minutes remaining in the second, leveling the score in fashion and continuing the pace of a high-scoring period. Junior Michael Grande (West Chester, Pa.) took a pass at the top of the point; after faking the initial shot, he was able to pick the top-right corner of the net, tying the score at 2-2.
Before the horn sounded to end the second period, the Statesmen retook the lead. With less than a minute left, sophomore Aaron Maguon (Margate City, N.J.) led a two-on-one; his shot was saved off the stopper of Loughborough, but junior Travis Schneider (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) was able to clean up the mess and drive the puck home to give the hosts a 3-2 lead.
After a grueling third period, Trinity needed to pull its goaltender with under two minutes remaining. After a handful of great scoring opportunities, the Bantams couldn’t convert, and sophomore PA Martineau (Sherbrooke, Quebec) scored the empty-netter, giving the Statesmen a 4-2 victory.
Loughborough finished with 27 saves, allowing three goals on the evening. The Bantams committed seven penalties on the evening, killing all seven while scoring both goals on the power play in the setback.
Trinity returns to action in 2020, traveling to Plymouth State University for a non-league contest. Puck drop inside Hanaway Rink is slated for Friday, January 3, at 6 p.m.