WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior Ryan Stevens (Concord, N.H.) and freshman Daniel Maturi (North Kingstown, R.I.) each had a goal and three assists Wednesday night to lead the Trinity College Bantams to an 11-3 win over the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers in men’s ice hockey action at Kingswood-Oxford Rink.
Trinity, ranked No. 12 in the nation, improves to 7-0 while getting off to its best start since the 1980’s. The Panthers fall to 2-5-2.
Trinity exploded for a five-goal, first period highlighted by two scores within 16 seconds of one another. Maturi got the scoring started five minutes into the first period with the assists credited to junior Rico Murtha (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Stevens. The Bantam offensive onslaught was just getting started, as senior Joe Ori (Niles, Ill.), Stevens, sophomore John Halverson (Lexington, Mass.), and sophomore Matthew Rafuse (Lynn, Mass.) all lit the lamp for Trinity in the first frame to give the Bantams a 5-2 lead.
Ori assisted on two more goals raising his point total for the game, and junior Cameron Finch (Acton, Mass.) scored two goals and added one helper. The Bantams scored six more times over the next two periods to end the game with a season team-high total of 11 goals.
Junior Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) broke through the stingy Trinity defense to record two Panther goals, doubling his season total to four. Sophomore Jay Londer (Philadelphia, Pa.) also scored once, and freshman Goose LaCroix (Moretown, Vt.) collected two assists.
The hosts finished with a 65-23 advantage in shots on goal. Trinity split time between three different netminders throughout the course of the game, combining to turn away 18 shots. Plymouth State goaltender Trevor Cherry (Greenland, N.H.) made a career-high 52 saves before being relieved in the final 10 minutes of the game.
PSU wraps up first semester action this Saturday at Waterville Valley Ice Arena with an ECAC Northeast Conference home game against Nichols (6:00 p.m.). Trinity in now idle until participating in the Middlebury Tournament on Jan. 1-2.
(Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information)
— 30 —