Hartford, Conn. - Junior goaltender Ben Coulthard (South Windsor, Conn.) made an astounding career-high 53 saves to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Middlebury College Panthers in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this afternoon at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 15 in the nation, moves to 6-3-2 overall and 3-1-2 in the NESCAC while snapping a five-game winless streak against the Panthers. No. 14-ranked Middlebury falls to 5-5-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the league.
Trinity senior captain forward Jeff Menard (Burlington, Mass.) scored the game's first goal from the point during the first power play of the contest 13:12 into the opening period. With just four seconds remaining before the first break, Middlebury sophomore forward Derek Pimentel (Laval, Quebec) returned the favor with a power-play tally from junior defenseman Rob Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) and Thomas Freyre (New Canaan, Conn.). The Panthers held a 17-9 edge on shots after 20 minutes, and continued to apply pressure in the second period with a 16-7 shooting edge but Trinity rookie forward John Hawkrigg (Toronto, Ontario) tipped in the clinching shot off a wrister from the point by sophomore blueliner Mike Flynn (Cheshire, Conn.) at the 12:40 mark of the second. Senior captain forward Zach Lombardi (Locust Valley, N.Y.) also assisted on the game-winner.
The scoreless third period was action-packed, as Middlebury freshman backstop Liam Moorfield-Yee (Toronto, Ontario) came up with impressive stops on shots by Bantam sophomore Sam Kane (Needham, Mass.) and junior Charlie Mullan (Buffalo, N.Y.) shortly after the second intermission. Both teams had goals negated midway through the third due to offsides calls, and each team hit iron from close with three-minutes plus remaining in the game. The Panthers finished with a 54-22 shooting advantage and Moorfield-Yee notched with 20 saves. The squads combined to kill off 11 of 13 power plays.