Hartford, Conn. – Junior forward Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.) scored the first two goals of the game to lead the top-ranked Trinity College Bantams to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Connecticut College Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this afternoon at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. Trinity improves to 2-0 overall and in the NESCAC, while the Camels drop to 0-1-1 overall and in the league with their seventh loss to the Bantams in a row.
Connecticut College outshot the Bantams, 11-7, in the scoreless first period but managed just 11 more the rest of the game, while rebounded from its lackluster first frame with a 16-shot barrage in the second period. Orlando, the NCAA leader in power-play goals in 2014-15, scored his first goal 7:49 into the second during a Bantam power play from sophomore defenseman Griffyn Martin (Southport, Conn.) and junior forward Ryan Cole (Anchorage, Alaska). Orlando added what proved to be the game-winner with 2:01 remaining before the final break with rookie forward Ross Mandigo (Stowe, Vt.) providing a helper on the play.
Trinity took a 3-0 lead on a redirect by junior forward Ethan Holdaway (Glastonbury, Conn.) of a shot by senior forward Michael Hawkrigg (Toronto, Ontario) from the left wing during a Bantam power play 9:43 into the final period. Dylan Chase (pictured, Riverwoods, Ill.) got the Camels on the board with a goal from Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) at the 11:30 mark of the third stanza, and Cole added an insurance goal for the Bantams with 1:18 left to play to round out the scoring.
Trinity scored on two of its five chances with the extra skater and its penalty-killing unit held Connecticut College scoreless on all four of its power plays. The Bantams totaled 34 shots to 22 for the Camels, as Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) made 30 saves for Connecticut College and junior Nathaniel Heilbron (West Vancouver, British, Columbia) had 20 saves for the home team.