Hartford, Conn. -(Trinity College) Junior forward Jackson Brewer (Newton, Mass.) notched one goal and one assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a season-opening victory over the visiting Connecticut College Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity wins its fourth in a row over the Camels, outscoring the visitors, 3-0, in the final period.
With the game tied 2-2 after two periods, Trinity junior captain defenseman Michael Flynn (Cheshire, Conn.) shot the puck from the right wing off a Camel stick and into the net for the game-winner with 6:51 left in regulation. Junior Conor Coveney (Hingham, Mass.) and rookie Sean Orlando (Ivland, Pa.) assisted on the clincher. Brewer followed with an insurance goal just 27 seconds later, beating Camel senior goalie Mike Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) one-on-one for a 4-2 Bantam lead. Trinity first-year forward Ryan Cole (Anchorage, Alaska) added his first career goal into an empty net to account for a 5-2 final tally.
Connecticut College struck had first when sophomore Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored on a rebound just 40 seconds into the contest. Trinity tied it midway through the second stanza, as sophomore forward Ben Hjalmarsson (Stockholm, Sweden) stole the puck from a Camel defenseman and passed to junior forward Sam Kane (Needham, Mass.) for a wrist shot from 14 feet away in front of the net. Junior forward J.C. Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) gave the lead back to the Camels 11:48 into the second period, putting the puck past Trinity senior backstop Ben Coulthard (South Windsor, Conn.) after a blocked shot.
Trinity tied the game for a second time, 2-2, with 1:23 remaining before the final intermission when rookie blueliner Sam Johnson (Dallas, Texas) received a pass across the crease from Brewer and one-timed the puck home for his first career tally. Coulthard dropped himself prone to the ground to stop a wrap-around attempt by Connecticut College junior defenseman Mike Doyle (Merrimac, Mass.) with his skate for one of his 29 saves early in the third period to preserve the tie. Trinity sophomore forward Michael Hawkrigg (Toronto, Ontario) finished with a pair of assists, while Cangelosi had a goal and an assist and Petchonka stopped 39 shots in goal for the Camels.