Trinity Men's Ice Hockey Scores Three In The Third To Tie At Amherst

Anthony Sabitsky '18 started the comeback with a goal early in the third period
Anthony Sabitsky '18 started the comeback with a goal early in the third period

Amherst, Mass. - Sophomore forward Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) capped off a ferocious third-period comeback, tying the game at 3-3 with eight seconds left to force overtime, as the visiting Trinity College Bantams overcame a 3-0 deficit in the final frame for a 3-3 stalemate against the Amherst College Mammoths in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this evening.  Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, remain unbeaten at 6-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the NESCAC, while the Mammoths are now 2-1-3 overall with ties in all three of their league contests.  Gammill, who also assisted on Trinity's second goal that cut the Amherst lead to 3-2 midway through the third frame, had scored the only goal of game to give the Bantams a 1-0 victory at No. 5-ranked Hamilton last night.  Tonight's tilt was postponed four hours when Trinity's bus broke down on its way from Hamilton College to Amherst.

Trinity came out aggressive early with a 22-to-8 shooting edge in the first period, but Amherst goalie Connor Girard stood strong in net for the Mammoths. At the 13:52 mark with the Bantams on the power play, Girard turned away a blast from the point from Trinity sophomore defenseman Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) before reaching behind and snatching an attempt by senior forward Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) on the rebound on the right post.  Striking with 3:53 remaining in the first period, Amherst took advantage of the Bantams' first penalty of the contest to take a 1-0 lead. Winning a faceoff at the right dot, the Mammoths quickly found the back of the net as Pieter von Steinbergs dished a pass to Phil Johansson who powered a wrist shot over the glove of Bantam senior netminder Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec).

Keeping the Trinity deficit at one, Morin came up big for the Bantams with 4:25 on the clock in the second period. Turning away back-to-back shots on an Amherst odd-man rush, Morin got his blocker on a point-blank shot from the slot by P.J. Conlon before getting his pad on Joey Lupo's attempt on the rebound.  Thomas Lindstrom doubled the Amherst lead to 2-0 with 9.7 seconds before intermission during 4v4 play, one-timing a pass from David White off the right post into the nylon.  The Mammoths extended their lead to 3-0 just 16 seconds into the final period, as Johansson netted his second score of the game. Up a skater, the Mammoths won the faceoff on the left side back to Johansson who sniped a snap shot over the pad of the keeper.

Trinity responded 1:22 later, with senior captain forward Anthony Sabitsky (Sicklerville, N.J.) recording his fourth goal of the season to set the score at 3-1. Capitalizing on a power play, Sabitsky set up at the top of the point and drilled a dish from Feeney into the bottom right corner.  Bringing his squad's deficit to one goal at the 9:48 mark, Trinity junior forward Charlie Zuccarini (Shelton, Conn.) set up in the low slot and redirected a shot from Gammill just inside the right post to make it 3-2 in favor of the Mammoths.  With 1:27 on the clock, Trinity pulled Morin and Sabitsky nearly evened the battle with 29 seconds on the clock when he sent a shot following a scrum in front of the net off the post.  Gammill played hero for the second night in a row, converting on Feeney's third assist of the period with a shot into the top left corner to tie the score. 

Morin made five saves to finish with 30 and Girard two of his 39 stops in the extra frame.  Amherst took the momentum from its late goal in the first period to outshoot Trinity, 12-3, in second, but Trinity tripled the Mammoth shot total, 15-5, in the third stanza. The teams combined for 36 minutes in penalties and 15 power plays between them, with each scoring once with the extra skater.  Trinity was 1-for-9 and Amherst was 1-for-6.  The Bantams are now 3-0-2 in their last five games against the Mammoths, including ties in the last two meetings.  Trinity will host No. 12-ranked Hobart on Friday and Saturday to close the 2017 fall semester.