Men's hockey falls to Trinity by 3-1 score

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 12, 2011
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Cody McKinney

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Trinity College goaltender Wes Vesprini (Lexington, Mass.) and Colby College goalie Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) battled as first-year players in front of a packed house at Alfond Rink in a New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinal. The two brought back some memories of that game as each keeper had more than 29 saves in Trinity's 2-1 win over the Mules on Saturday.

Trinity won that NESCAC semifinal by a 2-1 score, with each goalie coming up with a number of big stops in the contest. Saturday's game did not have as much on the line, but Vesprini made 31 stops and McKinney stopped 29. The game had Trinity leading 2-1 before the Bantams knocked in an empty net score with just 15 seconds to play.

The Bantams move into sixth place in the NESCAC at 10-8-3 overall and 8-7-1 in the conference, while the Mules drop to seventh place with a 9-10-2 overall record and 8-7-2 in the league.

The two goalies each had 11 saves in a scoreless opening period. Trinity went ahead for good when Adamo Miceli (Woodbridge, Ontario) scored at 6:22 of the second period for the lone goal of the opening 40 minutes.

The Bantams made it 2-0 on a goal by Chris Menard (Burlington, Mass.) at 9:27 of the third period. However, Colby fought back just 40 seconds later when Scott Harff (Watertown, N.Y.) scored on the power play off assists from Wil Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.) and Billy Crinnion (Long Island, N.Y.), who recorded his 80th career point. Adam Houli (Howell, N.J.) had the empty net score.

Colby seniors Karl Burns, Crinnion, Hartigan, James Lemonias, McKinney, and Bobby Sullivan all played their final regular season home games.

Trinity 3, Colby 1

Trinity                   0#1#2---3

Colby                     0#0#1---1

2nd period

T: Adamo Miceli (Michael DeMayo, Charlie Mullan), 6:22

3rd period

T: Chris Menard (Will Gray), 9:27

C: Scott Harff (Wil Hartigan, Billy Crinnion), 10:07, PP

T: Adam Houli (Jeffrey Menard, Chris Menard), 19:45, EN

                Shots: Trinity 31, Colby 32. Power play: Trinity 0-1, Colby 1-4. Penalties: Trinity 4-8, Colby 1-2. Goalies: Wes Vesprini (Trinity, 60:00, 1 GA, 31 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 58:49, 2 GA, 29 saves).

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