(With contributions from Trinity College Sports Information)
Southern Maine Holds Off #13/#14 Trinity 2-1
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Junior goalie Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.) made 47 saves, including 24 in the third period, to lead the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-1 victory over the nationally-ranked Trinity College Bantams in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at the Koeppel Community Sports Center.
The win was the third in the last four games for the Huskies, improving their overall record to 5-4-0. The Bantams, ranked 13th in the latest D3hockey.com and 14th in the USCHO.com polls, had their three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 3-2 overall. The Huskies are 2-1 in their last three games against nationally-ranked teams.
Shapiro surrendered a first-period goal to rookie Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.), and then slammed the door on the Bantams the rest of the way making 17 saves in the second period and 24 more in the final frame to earn his fourth win of the season in six decisions. Shapiro lowered his goals against average to 2.01 and improved his save percentage to .949.
Southern Maine sophomore Tyler Mathieu (Stillwater Lake, N.S.) and Gammill traded first-period goals six minutes apart. Mathieu gave the Huskies an early 1-0 lead cashing in on a set-up from sophomore Blue Hayler (Missoula, Mont.) and junior Brett Norman (Dawson Creek, B.C.) at 5:22.
Gammill equalized for the Bantams at 11:13 after assists from sophomore Michael O'Brien (Cohasset, Mass.) and freshman Charlie Zuccarini (Shelton, Conn.). The Bantams had a golden opportunity to go ahead later in the period as the Huskies were assessed two overlapping minor penalties giving the Bantam a 2:47 span with the extra skater, including 1:13 with a 5-on-3 advantage. But the Huskies penalty killers and Shapiro denied the Bantams a go-ahead goal.
Rookie Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, tallying a power-play goal at 5:54 of the second period. Classmate Brock Padgham (Chilliwack, B.C.) earned the lone assist.
From that point, Shapiro and Trinity sophomore goalie Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Quebec) turned aside every scoring opportunity. Morin, who had 18 saves in the game, was lifted for the extra attacker with 1:24 to play. A USM penalty with 47 seconds to play effectively gave the Bantams a 6-on-4 advantage, but the home side was unable to score a tying goal.
Southern Maine returns home for New England Hockey Conference action next weekend hosting New England College on Friday (7:00 p.m.) and Saint Anselm College on Saturday (4:00 p.m.). Trinity will be host Hamilton College for a NESCAC game on Friday (7:30 p.m.).