Malden, Mass. - First-year forward Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) scored twice to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 7-2 victory over the Tufts University Jumbos in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this evening at the Valley Forum. Trinity, ranked No. 7 nationally, completes a 2-0 opening weekend as they topped Connecticut College on Saturday night, 7-2. The Jumbos fall to 0-2 overall and in the league.
Trinity opened up the scoring just under four minutes into the first period with a power play goal from sophomore Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.). Jumbo sophomore Conal Lynch was sent to the box on a tripping penalty, and the Bantams and Orlando were able to capitalize on the advantage to take the 1-0 lead. Senior Jackson Brewer (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore T.J. Sherman (Plano, Texas) had the assists. Just over eight minutes later Bantam junior Michael Hawkrigg (Toronto, Ontario) got put away for boarding and six seconds after that senior Paul Burns started serving time for slashing. The five-on-three advantage allowed junior Brian Ouellette to net his first goal of the season, evening the score at one just over 13 minutes into the period. Trinity took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, with the first even-strength goal of the game with just under two minutes left in the period. Sherman and sophomore Ethan Holdaway (Glastonbury, Conn.) found junior Elie Vered (Ottawa, Ontario) who shot the puck past Jumbo sophomore goalie Mason Pulde. The Jumbos outshot the Bantams, 14-12, in the first period.
The Bantams killed off a Tufts five-on-three advantage for over a minute, but Jumbo sophomore Sean Kavanagh tied the game with 30 seconds left in the second intermission. The Bantams scored five unanswered goals in the third period to pull away from the Jumbos. Whitney the Bantams a 3-2 advantage with a goal just over three minutes into the start of the third frame off a pass from sophomore Ryan Cole (Anchorage, Alaska). The Bantams netted three goals in just over two minutes, beginning with Hawkrigg's slapshot during a five-on-three advantage just a little over twelve minutes into the period. Just over a minute later Whitney struck with his third goal of the season, as Sherman picked up his third assist of the game. Less than a minute later senior defenseman Paul Burns (New Hope, Pa.) slapped it past Pulde, with seniors Liam McKillop (New York, N.Y.) and Conor Coveney (Hingham, Mass.) getting credited for the assists. With just under three minutes left on the clock, Brewer scored his first of the season, as the Bantams had a five-on-three advantage with Jumbos in the box for slashing and boarding. Orlando and Hawkrigg picked up the assists.
Junior Nathaniel Heilbron finished with 26 saves for the Bantams in the net. Pulde played the entire game between the pipes for the Jumbos, finishing with 37 saves. The Bantams finished the contest with the advantage in shots on goal, 44-28 and were 3-for-8 on power-play opportunities. The Jumbos were 1-for-7 on the power play. Seven Bantams were charged with penalties for a total of 14 minutes while the Jumbos racked up eight penalties, good for 16 minutes in the box.