Trinity scored at least once in each period, as the 13th-ranked Bantams skated to a 4-1 NESCAC victory over Middlebury Saturday in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (8-10-2, 5-7-2) are at Williams on Friday at 7:00 p.m., while the Bantams (12-3-5, 8-2-4) entertain conference opponent Colby the same day for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Middlebury withstood early pressure by the Bantams with goalie Brian Ketchabaw, making saves on each of the first five shots by the visitors fired in his direction. The hosts appeared to get on the scoreboard with 3:34 expired, as Mitchell Allen picked up a loose puck at the Trinity blue line and wired a shot into the upper-left corner of the net past Bantam goalie Tedy Loughborough. After a gathering of officials, the tally was waved off due to offsides entering the zone.
Trinity took a 1-0 lead with 10:06 on the clock when Ketchabaw denied a shot by Nicholas Fiorentino, but Lucas Michaud swooped in and tucked the rebound into the net.
The Bantams had a goal disallowed of their own just 33 seconds into the middle stanza, but eventually grabbed a two-goal edge near the midway point. Nicholas Polsinelli snapped a rebound off the cross bar with 8:33 expired. Trinity added another tally with 6:10 on the clock, as Andy Chugg lifted a rebound from the bottom of the right circle.
Middlebury had a late opportunity when Cole Joslin pushed a puck along the boards ahead to Matt Danner. Danner carried the puck into the Bantam zone, but his shot from the left wing was turned aside by Loughborough.
In the final 20 minutes, the Bantams made it a 4-0 contest with a power-play goal 5:32 into the period. Dylan Healey occupied the top of the crease and tipped in a shot from the point by Michael Grande. The hosts got on the scoreboard with 6:35 remaining when Kamil Tkaczuk wired a shot into the short-side corner from the left circle with the Panthers on the man advantage.
Ketchabaw finished the game with 39 saves, while Loughborough made 22 stops for the Bantams. The visitors held a 43-23 advantage in shots and scored on their only power-play chance, while Middlebury went 1-5 with the man advantage.