Hartford, Conn. – First-year forward Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) scored the game-winner with just 21 seconds left in the final period to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a thrilling come-back victory, 3-2, over the visiting Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this afternoon at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity, ranked No. 10 nationally, improves to 10-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the NESCAC with its sixth win in a row, while the No. 12-ranked Ephs fall to 8-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the league with first loss in five games. Trinity is off to its best start since going 11-1 en route to an NCAA Final Four campaign in 2004-05.
Trailing, 2-1, midway through the third period, after a wrist shot by Williams senior captain defenseman David Jarrett (Edina, Minn.) sailed in top shelf from straight away 9:42 into the frame, Trinity scored twice in the final 7:10 to steal the victory. Sophomore forward Ethan Holdaway (Glastonbury, Conn.) took the puck out of a scrum on the left boards and deked his way through the Eph defense and by Williams senior backstop Sean Dougherty (Smithtown, N.Y.) to tie the game at 2-2. Whitney nearly gave Trinity its first lead with just under two minutes on the clock, but Dougherty stymied his shot from point-blank range during a Bantam power play to preserve the stalemate. Whitney finally broke through with a hard wrister from the left wing for his team-leading 10th goal and his third clincher of the winter, and the Bantams held on for the final seconds. Trinity senior defenseman Andrew Tallett (Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.) and senior forwardJackson Brewer (Newton, Mass.) provided assists on the game-tying and game-winning goals, respectively.
The first two periods saw Williams hold a 9-6 shooting advantage in the first and the Bantams recording the same edge in the second. Senior forward Alex DeBaere (Wayland, Mass.) broke the scoreless tie with 34 seconds left in the opening stanza and Bantam rookieAnthony Sabitsky (Sicklerville, N.J.) slapped the puck past Dougherty from just inside the left face-off circle with just seven ticks left before the second break as goals were scored with under a minute in all three periods. Bantam junior goaltender Nathaniel Heilbron (West Vancouver, British Columbia) and Dougherty each had 26 saves, and both squads came up empty on four power plays.
"After a slow start, we righted the ship and found a way to win a tough league game," said Trinity Head Coach Matt Greason. "This team's resolve and focus was highlighted in today's effort. I am extremely proud of every player on our roster."