Trinity scored three times over a span of 8:01 in Saturday’s first period and added another in the final stanza, as the 12th-ranked Bantams (7-3-2, 3-2-1) skated past visiting Middlebury 4-0 at the Koeppel Center. The Panthers (5-6-1, 3-4-1) return to action with a 7:00 p.m. non-conference road game Friday at Plattsburgh State.
Trinity got on the scoreboard just 3:20 into the opening period when Michael Grande fired a shot that was re-directed into the back of the net off the stick of Taggart Corriveau. The Bantams doubled their lead when Eric Benshadle deked Middlebury goalie Brian Ketchabaw and flipped the puck into the back of the net with 6:14 elapsed.
Trinity struck again on the power play at the 11:21 mark, when Liam Feeney sent a wrister from the point that found the back of the net for a commanding 3-0 edge. The Panthers best chance to score came on the power play with less than five minutes remaining, but Trinity’s penalty kill unit thwarted the opportunity and the hosts took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period that saw Trinity possess a 15-8 advantage in shots, Ryan Pfeffer tallied 2:41 into the third period, firing a wrist shot from just inside the blue line for the final 4-0 score.
Ketchabaw finished with a season-high 39 saves in the Panther crease, while Bantam netminder Jonah Capriotti stopped all 24 shots he faced, as the hosts held a 43-24 advantage in shots. Trinity was 2-4 during its power-play opportunities, while the Panthers went 0-7 with the extra skater.