Hartford, Conn. - The No. 5 Trinity College men's hockey team erased a one-goal third-period deficit with three unanswered tallies to score a 3-1 victory versus Connecticut College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Friday night at the Koeppel Community Sports Center on Williams Rink. With their ninth consecutive win, the Bantams improve to 13-1-1 overall and 8-0-1 in league play, while the Camels suffered their second straight setback to move to 6-7-2 on the year and 3-5-1 in conference tilts.
Trailing by a goal almost midway through the third stanza, sophomore forward Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.) knotted the game at one with a power-play marker. Senior captain Michael Flynn (Cheshire, Conn.) worked the puck across to junior forward Michael Hawkrigg (Toronto, Ontario) who placed the puck perfectly on Orlando's stick for a deflection that beat Connecticut College junior netminder Tom Conlin.
Orlando's goal was his team-leading 10th of the season and stole the momentum away from the Camels. A little over four minutes after the game-tying tally, Trinity senior forward Tim Shea (Somerset, Mass.) stole the puck along the boards at center ice, skated in and fired a shot that soared past Conlin's glove and found the back of the net to give the hosts a 2-1 edge.
Later in the third, senior forward Jackson Brewer (Newton, Mass.) gave the Bantams some breathing room with an insurance goal. Brewer banged home a rebound in front of the net to give Trinity their second power-play goal of the evening as once again Flynn and Hawkrigg registered the assists.
Down the stretch, Connecticut College pulled Conlin in favor of an extra skater, but the Trinity defense and junior goaltender Nathaniel Heilbron (West Vancouver, British Columbia) stood their ground to help the Bantams escape victorious.
After a scoreless first period, sophomore forward Ryan Mowery opened the scoring to give the Camels a 1-0 lead. Senior defenseman Marc Roper started the play with a pass up the boards to sophomore forward Joe Giordano who found Mowery streaking down the ice. Mowrey collected the feed cleanly and beat Heilbron short side four and a half minutes into the second.
Heilbron stopped 21 of the 22 he faced to register his 10th win of the year for Trinity, while Conlin made 29 saves in a losing effort for Connecticut College.
The Bantams held a 32-22 edge in shots and converted on two of their five power-play opportunities. On special teams, the Camels went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
Camel Tracks-(Not Including Friday Night's Action)
Connecticut College sophomore Ryan Mowery scored a pair of goals in the third period to lead the Camels past 10th ranked Amherst College at Orr Rink January 16. Mowery's second goal with four minutes remaining in regulation proved to be the difference maker. Senior Zach Jones (Gibsonia, Pa.) scored his third goal of the season at Hamilton Saturday.
The surging Camels have earned points in seven of their last eight games. Their only loss during this torrid stretch of hockey occurred at Hamilton Saturday, when the Camels out-shot the Continentals 31-to-19 in their 3-1 loss. Junior Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) has been impressive in goal, posting a 2.67 goals against average with a .907 save percentage in 12 starts.
Another interesting story line is the reunion of Northfield Mount Hermon Teammates JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.), Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) and UCONN transfer Joe Birmgingham (Medford, N.J.). DiPretoro has accounted for a team best 13 points with four goals and nine assists. Cangelosi continues to be a consistent offensive threat and has potted five goals while dishing out seven assists for 12 points. In his first season with the program, Birmingham has netted a team-best nine goals to rank third in the NESCAC.