Tufts Hockey Suffer a Tough 7-1 Loss against Trinity (Conn)

Recap Courtesy of Trinity College

HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior forward Ethan Holdaway had two goals and one assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 7-1 victory over the visiting Tufts University Jumbos in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center.

Freshman Anthony Farinacci scored the lone goal for the Jumbos

Trinity improves to 9-5-1 overall and 5-4 in the NESCAC while snapping a two-game losing skid and avenging its season-opening loss to the Jumbos in Medford in November. Tufts falls to 7-5-3 overall and 5-3-1 in the league.

Trinity scored twice in the first four minutes and three times in the first period, as senior defenseman Sam Johnson assisted on all three tallies. Johnson started the play on the game's opening goal, getting the puck ahead to senior Ethan Holdaway who pushed it up to junior forward Tyler Whitney. Whitney got past the Jumbo defense and had his first bid stopped by Tufts senior goalie Mason Pulde before punching in the rebound 3:45 into the contest.

Junior forward Anthony Sabitsky netted what proved to be the game-winner just 10 seconds later from Johnson and senior forward Ryan Cole, and Holdaway beat Pulde with 7:45 left in the opening stanza from Johnson and senior forward Sean Orlando.

Trinity junior goalie Alex Morin stopped the visitors from getting on the board with a one-on-one stop against Jumbo senior forward Mike Leary with close to four minutes on the clock.

Cole scored 5:04 into the second period on a wrist shot from the right wing after Sabitsky played the puck to him on a faceoff, and Holdaway made it 5-0 with a short-handed goal with a steal from the Tufts defenseman and a nifty move against Jumbo junior backstop Nik Nugnes midway through the second frame.

Trinity scored twice more in the third period on goals by Orlando and senior captain Will Sleeper, before Tufts freshman forward Anthony Farinacci rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal inside the final two minutes.

Trinity finished with a 41-to-28 shooting edge, the teams combined for 30 penalty minutes, and each squad scored once on a combined 11 power plays. Tufts went 1-for-6 on the power play chances with Trinity scoring once on the man advantage which included five opportunities.

Morin finished with 27 saves, while three Jumbo netminders totaled 34 stops among them. All goalies on the Tufts roster got on the ice while Pulde saved 11 shots, Nugnes 11 and junior Ryan McConnell rounded out the Jumbos with 12 saves.

The Jumbos return to action tomorrow at Wesleyan for a 4 p.m. puck drop for the last away game of January. Trinity hosts Connecticut College at 4 p.m. tomorrow and Tufts visits Wesleyan at 3 p.m.