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Men’s Ice Hockey Returns to Winning Ways with Rout of Middlebury

Men’s Ice Hockey Returns to Winning Ways with Rout of Middlebury

Hartford, Conn.— Senior Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) scored two goals to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 6-2 win over the Middlebury College Panthers at the Koeppel Community Center for its first-ever “Pink the Rink” game Friday evening. The Bantams broke its four-game losing streak to improve to 13-5-1 overall, and 8-4-1 in the NESCAC play. Middlebury falls to 7-9-3 overall and 5-5-3 in league play.

Trinity’s goaltending duo, Senior Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley, Mass.) and sophomore Jonah Capriotti (Mount Hope, Ontario) combined for 32 saves on the night, letting up one goal each. The Bantams went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Middlebury finished 0-for-3.

Trinity scored early in the first period despite the Panthers outshooting the Bantams 6-1 in the first five minutes. Senior Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) netted his 10th goal of the season with a rising shot from the left circle that found from the far corner of the net, with assists credited to Sophomore Kevin O’Leary (New Canaan, Conn.) and Sophomore Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine). At the seven-minute mark, Middlebury’s Billy Dobensky knotted the game at 1-1, netting the equalizer after Trinity couldn’t get the puck out of its defensive zone. Trinity remained unfazed, picking regaining the lead just one minute later with a goal by junior Taggart Corriveau (New Britain, Conn.), connecting on a beautiful pass from sophomore Devin Moore (Danville, N.H.) to make the score 2-1.

Wasting no time in the second period, Senior Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) picked up his second goal of the night at the 18:35 mark. Freshman Andrew Troy (Ithaca, N.Y.) took the initial shot that was partially blocked, but Gammill was able to knock it over the line to make it 3-1. With just a few minutes left in the second, Middlebury came within one, seeing Bret Pastor light the lamp to cut the deficit to one. The Bantams continued to apply pressure and picked up its fourth goal of the game with a minute left to play in the second frame. Freshman Riley Prattson (Tolland, Conn.) collected the rebound from junior James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.) and lifted it over Panther goaltender Jake Horoho, putting the Bantams up 4-2.

Trinity did not hold back in the third period, extending its lead by four after fierce pressure from the Bantams. At 12:15, Trinity converted on the power play after keeping possession for over a minute. Junior Michael Grande (West Chester, Pa.) ripped a shot that was redirected by junior Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y., making it 5-2. Despite pressure from the Panthers, two minutes later Trinity sealed the deal with a four-goal advantage, seeing sophomore Cole Poliziani (Burlington, Ontario) scoring in the same fashion as Healey. Junior Timothy Weinstein (Norwood, Mass.) slapped a quick shot at the blue line, and it deflected off Poliziani’s tape for the final goal of the game. Sophomore goaltender Jonah Capriotti (Mount Hope, Ontario) held strong in the net in the final frame, making multiple clutch saves for the Bantams.

The Bantams return to host Williams Saturday afternoon in one of the most anticipated games in the country; puck drop inside the Koeppel Center is slated for 4 p.m.