Men's ice hockey suffers another one-goal loss

Joe Quattrocchi '14
Joe Quattrocchi '14

Trinity College’s Jackson Brewer '15 broke a scoreless tie with 80 seconds remaining in the third period and the Bantams defeated Hamilton College 1-0 in a NESCAC game at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 25.

Trinity’s Will Gray '14 intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and skated to the left faceoff circle. Gray sent a pass to Zachary Lombardi '13, who dumped the puck to Brewer near the right post for the one-timer. The Bantams regained the all-time series lead, 14-13-2.

Eleven of Hamilton’s 17 games have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. The Continentals earned a 2-1 overtime victory against Trinity in Hartford, Conn., back on Nov. 30.

Ben Coulthard '14 made 24 saves and posted his third shutout for the Bantams. Coulthard leads Division III with a .947 save percentage, and his goals against average sits at 1.88.

Joe Quattrocchi '14 stopped 29 shots for the Continentals. Quattrocchi lowered his goals against average to 2.17 and improved his save percentage to .924 in NESCAC games.

The Bantams had three power-play opportunities in the first period, but could not capitalize. With 4:02 left in the period, Pat Curtis '15 was open with the puck in front of the net, but Coulthard turned the shot away. Moments later, Hamilton's Drew Jelinek '13 received a pass near center ice along the right boards and skated in one-on-one with a defender. He got a shot off and Coulthard made the save.

The Continentals (5-9-3 overall, 3-6-2 NESCAC) started the second period on the power play after Jeff Menard '13 was whistled for interference with 1.6 seconds left in the first. Hamilton registered one shot and came up empty.

Trinity (9-4-3, 6-2-3) had its first good look at the goal at 3:20 of the second. Michael Flynn '15 took a shot from outside the crease on the right side, but Quattrocchi made the stop -- one of his 16 saves in the period. With just over a minute to go, Anthony Ruberto '13 ended up with a loose puck right in front, but was denied from short range.

Less than five minutes into the third period, Quattrocchi made a nice glove save on an open look for Chris Menard '13 from the right faceoff circle. Midway through the period, Evan Haney '14 came away with the puck following a scramble in front of the Trinity net, but his shot was off target. The Continentals tried to take the lead again with 7:20 left, but Curtis’ rebound shot sailed wide.

Hamilton called a time out 10 seconds after the Bantams scored and pulled Quattrocchi for the extra skater. The Continentals put just one shot on goal before time expired. Coulthard had a big third period with 11 saves. Trinity edged Hamilton 30-24 in shots, and both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play.

The Continentals return to the ice on Saturday, Jan. 26, for another NESCAC home game against Wesleyan University. Trinity travels to nationally ranked No. 10 Amherst College on Saturday.

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