Sunday, May 27, 2018

Trinity Ice Hockey on a hot streak, defeats No. 14 Amherst




Trinity’s Ice Hockey team will look to end another good season over the next few weeks. The team has held their own this past break with a current record of 10-4-3 and a No. 3 ranking in the NESCAC. The Bantams started slow this break going 1-3-3 in their first seven games. In the slump, Trinity lost to current NESCAC leader Bowdoin 2-5 and tied Williams 1-1, who sits second in the ‘CAC. Since the Bowdoin loss on Jan. 12, the Bantams have built momentum riding a four game win streak into the last few games of the season, winning against Tufts (5-2), Conn. College (3-1), Hamilton (1-0), and this past Saturday against Amherst (7-4).

The Trinity hockey team has put up some impressive stats this break. The team has averaged 2.94 goals/game. Scoring has been lead by Trinity forwards Jackson Brewer ’15 (6 G, 7 A), Jeffrey Menard ’13 (4 G, 9A), and Jordan So ’13 (4 G, 9A). Menard and So lead the team in points with 13 each. Forward Chris Menard ’13 (9 G, 2 A) has found the back of the net the most for the Bantams as he leads the team in scoring with nine goals. Goalie Benjamin Coulthard ’14 has spent the most time in the net and holds an impressive 0.942 save percentage, stopping 452 pucks on 480 shots. Ben will look to continue his success next Friday against Williams.

This Friday’s game (Feb. 1) at Williams (9-2-1) will be more than entertaining. The Williams team has a lot of momentum, with a likely win Monday against Wentworth, the Williams squad will also be on a four game win streak. In the two teams’ previous meeting on Jan. 4, the Bantams tied the Ephs 1-1. In the first period, the Ephs scored quickly. After a scoreless and penalty stricken second period, the Bantams came back in the third as sophomore forward Samuel Kane sent the game into overtime. Despite the unfortunate tie, Trinity outshot Williams 40-34 and showed true grit and determination by coming back against a tough Williams squad. Williams and Bowdoin are the only two teams ahead of the Bantams in the ‘CAC. This Friday, Trinity will look to end Williams’ streak and get one step closer to a NESCAC championship.

Looking ahead, the Trinity hockey team will have some tough competition in the coming weeks. After the Williams game, the Trinity squad will travel to Middlebury on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Bantams beat Middlebury on Jan. 5 in a close game, ending in a 2-1 victory for Trinity. Middlebury is fourth in the ‘CAC, and could prove to be problematic for the Bantams title hopes. On Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., the Bantams will return home to play a weak Colby team (1-10-1), whom sit last in the ‘CAC. Colby managed to tie the Bantams when the Trinity team was recovering from their slump on Jan. 11. 

Big games coming up will be at Williams this Friday Feb. 1, and Bowdoin February 9. Trinity will look to move up in the rankings against Williams on Friday. With a win against Williams, the Bantams could be looking at a shot for the title. The squad will then look to finish strong against Bowdoin a week later. This game is huge and the hockey guys will need all of our support. Let’s make sure we get extra rowdy for this one. If all goes to plan, Trinity could be adding a NESCAC Hockey Championship trophy to the college’s collection.


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