Brunswick, Maine – The No. 9 Trinity College men's hockey team remained unbeaten in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play on Friday evening, topping Bowdoin, 2-1, inside Watson Arena. The Bantams improve to 11-1-1 overall and 6-0-1 in league action with their seventh straight victory, while the host Polar Bears dropped their second consectutive contest to move to 7-4-2 on the year and 3-4-2 in conference tilts.
After trading chances in the opening minutes of the first period, the Bantams broke it open in the final three minutes with a pair of goals. Skating into Bowdoin territory down the right wing, sophomore forward Brandon Cole (Anchorage, Alaska) slid a centering pass to senior winger Tim Shea (Somerset, Mass.) low in the slot for quick shot. Shea's bid bounced around Bowdoin goaltender Max Fenkell's pads before sneaking through to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at 17:33. With just one minute remaining in the stanza, the Bantams stretched their lead to two off a wrister by senior tri-captain Michael Flynn (Cheshire, Conn.). Sophomore forward Ryan Cole (Anchorage, Alaska) worked the puck down the left side and fed Flynn inside who wristed his shot top right shelf.
Trinity first-year forward Anthony Sabitsky looked for his first of the game and to increase the Bantams lead five minutes into the third period with a close range wrister that Fenkell read and gloved out of the air to keep Bowdoin within striking distance. The Polar Bears went on their third power play of the game midway through the period, looking to pull within one. Polar Bears forward Jay Kourkoulis' clapper from the top was blocked in front and deflected behind Trinity junior netminder Nathaniel Heilbron (West Vancouver, British Columbia) across the goal face, skirting free of danger.
Bowdoin's Cullen Geary stepped in with a decisive defensive play in the final five minutes, disrupting a breakaway opportunity for Trinity. Bowdoin pulled within one with just one minute remaining as Brendan Conroy buried a one-timer from above the right faceoff circle off a low feed from John McGinnis.
Heilbron stopped 33 shots to earn his eighth victory of the season in net for the Bantams, while Fenkell made 30 saves on the opposite side for Bowdoin.
Trinity concludes a weekend of NESCAC road action tomorrow, Jan. 17, with a clash versus Colby with puckdrop scheduled for 3:00 p.m.