Callahan's 2 Goals Lead Trinity's 3rd Period Surge for 4-1 NESCAC Win at Tufts

MALDEN - Seventh-ranked Trinity College scored four times in the third period to overcome a 1-0 deficit and post a 4-1 victory at Tufts in a NESCAC men's hockey game on Friday night at Valley Forum.

Dan Kelly blocked four shots for the Jumbos

Freshman James Callahan scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to lead the Bantams, who improved to 10-3-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the conference. The Jumbos, who took a 1-0 lead in the game late in the second period on a goal by sophomore Tyler Scroggins, dropped to 3-10-2 and 2-6-1.

The Jumbos were looking to extend a three-game unbeaten streak to begin the second semester. Behind the goaltending of senior Nik Nugnes, through two periods it looked like they had a good chance to upend the two-time defending NESCAC champion Bantams. Trinity was getting more scoring chances, but Nugnes had stopped all 25 shots that he faced in the first 40 minutes.

After a Jumbo penalty released with 1:40 remaining in the second period, Tufts would open the scoring as Scroggins netted his third of the year wtih a shot from the left wing with 1:20 on the clock. Trinity had a 16-5 advantage in shots for the second period, but the Jumbo goal sent them to the locker room up 1-0.

The tide would turn in the third, as Trinity continued to apply heavy pressure. The Bantams received a pair of goals from defensemen on slap shots from the point to take a lead. Callahan's goal 1:36 into the third and a goal by senior Griffyn Martin at 7:15 put the visitors up 2-1. Nugnes made a pair of tremendous saves in the middle of the period to keep it a one-goal game for the time being, including on a point-blank shot by Bantam freshman Dylan Healey with 7:45 on the clock.

However, the Bantams were able to expand their lead when freshman Blake Carrick finished off a two-on-one at 12:59 of the third. Callahan then locked up the victory with his second of the game from the slot at 18:10 to finish Trinity's four-goal barrage in the third period. He also had an assist on Carrick's goal to finish with a three-point night.

Shots finished at 36-14 in favor of Trinity, with Nugnes making 32 saves in the Tufts net and senior Alex Morin needing only 13 stops to record the victory for Trinity. He did glove a open blast by Jumbo sophomore Anthony Farinacci late in the second period with the game still scoreless.

The Jumbos had a very slight edge in face-offs with 35 wins overall, including 11 by Scroggins. Sophomore Machlan Sawden took five of his six draws. Jumbo senior defenseman Dan Kelly, who had an assist on Scroggins' goal, blocked four shots in the game. 

Tufts finishes a five-game homestand against Wesleyan tomorrow in a 4 p.m. start at Valley Forum. Trinity moves on to play Connecticut College tomorrow at 3 p.m.

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