No. 4 Trinity Defeats Williams Behind Nathaniel Heilbron's Strong Play

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Williamstown, Mass. – Junior goaltender Nathaniel Heilbron (West Vancouver, British Columbia) capped a stellar weekend between the pipes with 38 saves as the No. 4 Trinity College men's ice hockey team defeated No. 12 Williams, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action in Lansing Chapman Rink. With their third straight victory, the Bantams improve to 17-2-1 overall and remain atop the conference standings with a 12-1-1 mark in NESCAC play, while the Ephs dropped to 13-4-2 on the year and 9-3-1 in league tilts.

Trinity opened the scoring late in the first period as sophomore forward Ryan Cole (Anchroage, Alaska) potted his team-leading 11th marker of the season as he fired a shot that beat Williams netminder Sean Dougherty high stick-side just as a Bantam power play was coming to an end. On the play, forwards Jackson Brewer (Newton, Mass.) and Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.) did a nice job moving the puck to register the assists.

Cole's tally would be the only goal until late in the contest as the two squads combined for three markers in the final two and a half minutes of regulation.

Clinging to a one-goal advantage, Trinity received a little breathing room as junior forward Elie Vered (Ottawa, Ontario) buried a shot on an odd-man rush to make it 2-0 in favor of the Bantams with 2:16 left in the game. Brewer was at it again, registering the primary assist for his team-best 20th helper of the season and senior defenseman Paul Burns was also credited with an assist on the play.

After pulling Dougherty in favor of an extra skater, Williams made it a one-goal game as Tyler Young ripped a shot that beat Heilbron. With under a minute remaining in regulation, senior forward Conor Coveney (Hingham, Mass.) put the game out of reach with an empty-net goal as the Bantams escaped victorious.

Since falling to Amherst, Trinity has won three straight while outscoring the opposition, 11-3. In all three of those triumphs, Heilbron has surrendered just one goal.

Dougherty played well for the Ephs, turning aside 29 shots in a losing effort.

For the second straight game the Bantams were outshot as Williams held a 39-32 edge in shots on goal. On special teams, the visitors went 0-for-5 with the man advantage, while the Ephs were unable to convert on either of their two power-play opportunities.

Trinity returns to action next weekend, Feb. 13-14, with a home weekend of NESCAC action versus nationally ranked Bowdoin and Colby.

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