Friday, May 25, 2018

Trinity Men’s Hockey Rise and Fall to the Wesleyan Cardinals

Sean Okita ’15

Contributing Writer

On Feb. 17 the Trinity College Men’s Ice Hockey team finished strongly against Wesleyan University with a 5-2 win at home. The game against Wesleyan, the second to last of the games in the Bantams’ regular season, secured the team a position in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. 

Near the end of the first period, the Bantams led the Cardinals 2-0 with goals from co-captain Joseph Tierney ’12 and Michael Flynn ’15. Flynn, a new addition to the team this year, scored his third goal of the season after rebounding a previous shot at the net. However by the end of the first, Cardinal Keith Buehler put Wesleyan on the scoreboard, finishing up the period with a 2-1 score.  

While the Cardinals outshot the Bantams in the second period, Larry Bero ’14 was able to prove that quality is better than quantity. Bero scored two goals within three minutes, leading the Bantams to a 4-1 lead into the third period. Bantam Goalie Benjamin Coulthard ’14,  played throughout the game and saved 32 of 34 shots, the second of which was scored during the third period by Cardinal Nik Tasiopoulos. The final goal scored by the Bantams was a shot on an unattended net in the last 24 seconds of the game making the final score 5-2. The game against Wesleyan was the last home game of the season and honored the seniors who would be graduating from the team such as Mike DeMayo ’12, Paul Jaskot ’12, Sean McCarthy ’12, and Joe Tierney ’12.  

The following day the Bantams fell to the Cardinals  at Wesleyan as they ended the regular season with a 3-1 loss. The goal for the Bantams was scored by Bero  and was assisted by Jeff Menard ’13 and Paul Burns ’15 in a four on four once the team was already facing a two-goal deficit. This was Bero’s fourth goal in his collegiate career, two of which had been scored the night before. In goal, Coulthard started the game off strongly allowing only one goal in out of the 15 shots fired by the Cardinals. Later in the game, Sam Calahan ’15 allowed two goals in out of twenty shots brought against him. Both goaltenders played extremely well as they faced a lot of pressure, particularly in the second and third periods. While it was disappointing to end a season with a loss, the Bantams had accomplished their goal of achieving a spot within the NESCAC finals. 

Overall, the Bantams finished up their regular season with a 9-12-2 record with Head Coach Matthew Greason leading the team in his first year at the helm. The team hopes to continue some of its late season success against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Feb. 25. The Polar Bears are ranked 14th nationally and second in the NESCAC league, shaping up to be a strong competitor for the Bantams.

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