Hartford, Conn. – Junior forward Anthony Sabitsky (Sicklerville, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal 2:04 into overtime to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Colby College Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s ice hockey action this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 14 in the nation, improves to 12-6-3 overall and 8-5-2 in the NESCAC with its second win in a row and avenges a 3-1 loss to the Mules in Maine on January 13. Colby, ranked No. 13 nationally, falls to 10-6-4 overall and 8-4-3 in the league with its first loss in four games, falling from a tie for first place in the conference to third.
The game was clean with just three penalties and even with Coby finishing with a one-shot edge, 32-31. Trinity senior forward Ryan Cole (Anchorage, Alaska) opened the scoring 4:24 into the game with a slapshot from just inside the blue line on the right wing that sailed over the shoulder of Colby junior goaltender Sean Lawrence (Granite Bay, Calif.). Junior defenseman Griffyn Martin (Westport, Conn.) and junior forward Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) were credited with assists on the play.
Colby sophomore forward Nick O’Connor (Canton, Mass.) nearly scored in the final minute of the first period, as he maneuvered past the Trinity defense but his shot from close went just wide of the net. The teams combined for 19 shots but few close chances in the second stanza, but the Mules tied it when senior forward Kevin Doherty (Wakefield, Mass.) stole the puck near the boards behind the Bantam net and passed to classmate E.J. Rauseo (Methuen, Mass.) who flipped a backhand past Trinity junior goalie Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec.) 4:29 after the final intermission.
In overtime, Morin made a nifty save against Mule junior forward Cam McDonald (Westford, Mass.) to preserve the tie early, and Sabitsky one-timed in the clincher off a quick pass from left to right in front of Lawrence from senior forward Brandon Cole (Anchorage, Alaska) after Ryan Cole had advanced the puck down the left side to beat the Colby defense. Morin finished with 31 saves and Lawrence had 29. Trinity hosts Bowdoin tomorrow in another NESCAC contest at 4 p.m. and the Mules visit Wesleyan at 3 p.m.