Trinity Men's Ice Hockey Nets Season's First Victory
Middletown, Conn. -- The Trinity College Bantams, behind a pair of goals from junior Chris Menard (Burlington, Mass.), rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Assumption College Greyhounds in men's ice hockey action thisy afternoon at Wesleyan University. The game was the first of a double-header as part of a four-team event that also includes Wesleyan and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Two more games will be played Sunday at Trinity. Assumption fell to 4-4-1 with the loss, while Trinity picked up its first win of the season and the first in the career of Head Coach Matthew Greason, and now stands 1-2.
After a scoreless first period, Trinity junior Jordan So (Toronto, Ontario) opened the scoring 1:22 into the second period. So fired a backhanded shot from the left side over the shoulder of Assumption senior netminder Nick Blanchette (Stuart, Fla.) for his first goal, with junior Zachary Lombardi (Locust Valley, N.Y.) picking up an assist on the tally.
Trinity extended its advantage to 3-0 with a pair of goals in a nine-second span. Menard found the back of the net at 3:33 for his first goal following a pass from twin brother Jeffrey Menard (Burlington, Mass.), and the duo repeated the feat just nine seconds later. After Trinity won the center-ice faceoff, Jeffrey Menard found Chris Menard for a fast-break tally at 3:42. Trinity increased its lead to 4-0 at the 5:16 mark of the third period. Senior Paul Jaskot (Methuen, Mass.) put a rebound past Blanchette for his first goal, with assists going to sophomore Charlie Mullan (Buffalo, N.Y.) and senior Joe Tierney (Reading, Mass.).
Assumption concluded the scoring at 12:12 in the third. Sophomore Mike Heyde (Natick, Mass.) passed the puck to sophomore Nick Mattiello (Johnston, R.I.) on the left side, and Mattiello sent a one-timer past Trinity sophomore goaltender Benjamin Coulthard (South Windsor, Conn.) for his team-leading sixth goal. Coulthard finished with 24 stops for Trinity. Blanchette recorded 41 saves in the Assumption net, 17 of which came in the first stanza as the Bantams held a 17-8 edge in shots in the period. Both teams hit the ice again tomorrow at Trinity's Koeppel Center, as Assumption takes on Wesleyan at 1 p.m., followed by Trinity-Wentworth at 4 p.m.