NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Mike Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) collected 29 of his 35 saves in the final two periods of regulation to help Connecticut College erase a two-goal deficit but it was not quite enough as Trinity College freshman Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.) put in the game-winner with just four seconds left to lift the visiting Bantams to their fifth consecutive win in a 4-3 triumph at Dayton Arena Saturday night.
Trinity improved its record to 12-3 with a 7-2 mark in the NESCAC, while the Camels fell to 3-11-1 with a 2-7 mark in conference action.
Trinity scored twice in a 1:58 span early in the second period to take control in the second period of play. Junior Tim Shea (Somerset, Mass.) scored on a breakaway with 13:08 remaining in the second to put the Bantams on top 3-1.
But the Camels stormed back. With 6:11 remaining in the second Adam Rimmer (Newbury, Mass.) unloaded with a shot from the point. Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) controlled it to JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) who tipped in his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Then, with 33 seconds left in the middle period, the Camels used their power play to pull even with the equalizer. Will Leedy (Farmers Branch, Texas) skated down the left side of the ice and cycled the puck back to Mike Sinsigalli (Redding, Conn.) who put one in from the left circle.
Petchonka was on his game all night, providing several clutch stops in the closing moments. With 1:50 remaining in regulation, Kevin Reich (Montvale, N.J.) thwarted a Bantam scoring chance by hitting the deck for a blocked shot.
Then, with 1:28 left, Petchonka denied Will Gray (Wellesley, Mass.) with a save from point blank range. With 1:20 left, James Burt (Hamden, Conn.) tried to put a wrist shot past the Camel net-minder but Petchonka made the stop. Elie Vered (Ottawa, Ont.) had another scoring bid for the Bantams but Petchonka was able to come away with the save for the hosts with 56.4 seconds remaining.
Cangelosi nearly won the game at the buzzer as the Sunshine State standout skated in and drew contact from the Trinity defense. But time expired and the game-headed to the extra session.
The Camels skated off a penalty in the overtime, finishing the night a perfect 4-for-4 on the pk. The game looked like it was going to end in a draw but in the closing moments, Trinity gained the Camel zone, Michael Flynn (Cheshire, Conn.) got a shot off on Petchonka and Orlando stuffed home the rebound for the Bantams.
Trinity held a 39-to-16 edge on the shot chart.
The Bantams visit Tufts Sunday afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. game in Malden, Mass. while the Camels host intra-state rival Wesleyan University for a 3:00 p.m. game here in the Whaling City.