Middlebury, Vt. – The Trinity College men's hockey team scored four times in each of the first two periods on its way to an 11-3 win over the Middlebury Panthers on Saturday at Kenyon Arena in Vermont. Trinity improves to 11-6-3 overall and 7-5-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) while the Panthers fall to 3-15-2 on the year and 3-11-0 in conference play.
Trinity opened the scoring 1:34 into the contest when rookie Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) collected a loose puck in the left circle, quickly turned and put a shot past Middlebury goalie Stephen Klein (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). The Panthers evened the scored 10 minutes later when Travis Stephens (Victoria, B.C.) sprung Vincent Gisonti (Montreal, Quebec) on a breakaway. Gisonti faked to his left and lifted a backhander into the upper right corner of the net past Trinity junior netminder Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec). The Bantams reclaimed the lead, 2-1, at the 15:35 mark on a goal off a rebound by junior Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.). Senior Ryan Cole (Anchorage, Ak.) fired an initial shot from the post but was turned aside by Klein, however, Whitney skated in from the left wall and tucked the rebound just inside the left post to give the visitors the one goal advantage. The Bantams finished the period with two goals in a span of 23.2 seconds. Senior Will Sleeper (Wellesley, Mass.) banged in a shot from the top of the crease with 29.4 seconds left in the period while Cole found the back of the net on a breakaway with 6.2 seconds on the clock to give Trinity a 4-1 lead entering the first intermission.
The Bantams added to their advantage 1:20 into the second period on tally by sophomore Michael O'Brien (Cohasset, Mass.). Senior T.J. Sherman (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Gammill added goals 1:32 apart, increasing the Trinity lead to 7-1, before sophomore Ross Mandigo (Stowe, Vt.) swatted in a rebound with 8:04 remaining in the period to add onto the lead.
Sleeper scored his second goal of the contest 2:40 into the final period, before Panther defenseman Frank Cosolito (Medfield, Mass.) netted his first collegiate goal three minutes later. Gammill completed the hat trick for the Bantams 46 seconds later, while Gisonti tallied his second of the game with 4:53 remaining. Trinity scored as the final horn sounded when Gammill picked up his fourth of the afternoon on a power play to make it an 11-3 final in favor of Trinity.
Morin finished with 19 saves for Trinity before giving way to sophomore Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley Hills, Mass.). Trinity held a 51-26 advantage in shots and went 3-6 on the power play, while the Panthers were scoreless in six opportunities.
The Bantams return to action next Friday when they play host to the Colby College Mules at 7:30 p.m. at the Koeppel Center.