No. 5 Trinity Outlasts Bowdoin in High-Scoring Affair

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior forward Jackson Brewer (Newton, Mass.) scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the third period to lead the No. 5 Trinity College men's ice hockey team to a 5-4 victory versus Bowdoin in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Friday night on Williams Rink inside the Koeppel Community Sports Center. The Bantams won their fourth straight to improve 18-2-1 overall and 13-1-1 in league play, while the Polar Bears saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as they move to 12-6-3 on the year and 6-6-3 in conference tilts.

Four and a half minutes into the final period, senior forward Conor Coveney (Hingham, Mass.) played the puck up to Brewer along the right boards and the 6-1 tri-captain fired a shot that beat Bowdoin senior netminder Max Fenkell short side for the eventual game-winner.

Brewer's tally broke a 4-4 tie and came two minutes after Trinity junior goaltender Nathaniel Heilbron (West Vancouver, British Columbia) stopped Polar Bears senior forward Connor Quinn on a breakaway. Heilbron came up big for the Bantams, turning aside 22 shots to earn his 14th win of the winter. On the opposite end, Fenkell made 35 saves in a losing effort for Bowdoin.

The back-and-forth contest saw six lead changes and five ties as neither squad led by more than a goal.

Offensively, sophomore forward Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.) led the charge for the Bantams with a pair of power-play tallies. Classmate Ryan Cole (Anchorage, Alaska) took over the team lead in points with 28 thanks to a trio of assists. For the Polar Bears, senior forward John McGinnis led the way with a goal and three helpers. Tim Coffey also had a multi-point night for the visitors as he potted a tally in the second to go along with a first-period assist.

All five penalties called in the contest came in the first period as both teams took advantage with man-up markers.   Each of the goals during the opening 20 minutes came on the power play as the two conference foes were tied at two entering the first intermission. Bowdoin opened the scoring just under seven minutes into play as senior defenseman Ryan Collier scored his third of the season on a shot from the point. Orlando would score two unanswered power-play tallies to give the Bantams their first lead of the night midway through the period. Orlando now leads the country with nine power-play goals. McGinnis capped a wild first stanza with his eighth of the year to tie it at two apiece. Despite all the scoring in the first, the teams combined for just 10 shots on goal.

In the second period the offensive play picked up as each team scored a pair of goals and the two NESCAC foes combined for 30 shots on net. Twice the Bantams erased one-goal deficits in the period as junior Michael Hawkrigg (Toronto, Ontario) and sophomore Ethan Holdaway (Glastonbury, Conn.) each found the back of the net for the hosts.

Trinity closes out a weekend of home NESCAC action tomorrow, Feb. 14, with an afternoon matinee versus Colby. The contest was moved up to 3:00 p.m. start time due to an incoming winter storm expected in the Northeast.

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