Panthers fall to #10 Bantams to open second half
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) scored two goals and sophomore Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.) added a goal and two assists Friday evening as 10th-ranked Trinity College rallied past Plymouth State University, 5-4, in non-conference men's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.
The upset-minded Panthers led the game 3-1 with four minutes left in the second period but Trinity, ranked 10th in both Division III national polls, tied the game before the second period ended and added the first two goals of the third to take the lead for good. The Bantams went on to their third straight win to improve to 7-1-1 overall, while PSU fell to 5-4-2.
PSU struck first when senior Zach Sarig (Reading, Pa.) blasted a slapshot past the Trinity goalie on a power play less than four minutes into the game. The Bantams tied the score at 12:27 when sophomore Ryan Cole (Anchorage, Alaska) sent Whitney in alone after a PSU turnover, and Whitney buried his team-leading eighth of the season. The Panthers got the lead back three minutes later when sophomore Mike Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) scored another PSU power play goal, firing a slap shot from the point that snuck through the goalie's pads.
Trinity had a chance to get on goal back late in the period but PSU junior goalie Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) made the save on a penalty shot by Whitney.
The Panthers pulled ahead 3-1 six minutes into the second frame when sophomore Baxter Strachan (Sioux City, Iowa) potted his first goal of the season on a rebound. Trinity started its comeback with two goals later in the second period, as junior John Hawkrigg (Toronto, Ont.) tallied a power play goal with four minutes remaining when his shot from the point deflected into the goal off a Panther defenseman, and senior Greg Rooney (Worcester, Mass.) tied the score with just two seconds left in the period with a slapshot just under the cross bar.
Whitney's second of the game and ninth of the season seven minutes into the third period pushed Trinity ahead 4-3, and Orlando capitalized on a Panther turnover, finishing off a 2-on-1 from Cole for what turned out to be the game-winner. PSU sophomore Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) stuffed in a goal with three minutes to go but Trinity held on for the win.
Junior Nathaniel Heilbron (West Vancouver, B.C.) earned the win for the Bantams with 22 saves, while Ceasar finished with 20 stops for PSU.
PSU has another tough test Saturday at Hanaway Rink, hosting Babson College at 6:00 p.m. The Beavers are 11-0-0 and ranked #3 in both Division III national polls. Trinity wraps up the opening weekend of 2015 with a non-conference road tilt at Western New England on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
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