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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 8, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Trinity College, the sixth seed, scored two goals in the opening period and made them stand up as the Bantams took a 2-1 win over top-seeded Colby College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinal game at Alfond Rink.
Trinity (14-10-2) advances to Sunday's 1 p.m. title game at Colby against second-seeded Middlebury. Trinity advances to the championship game for the first time since the 2004 season. Middlebury took a 2-1 win against Amherst in the other semifinal.
Wesley Vesprini (Lexington, Mass.) made 16 of his 36 saves in the final period for Trinity.
Adam Houli scored 3:35 into the first period off a breakaway to get the Bantams off to a quick start.
Christopher Diozzi (Belmont, Mass.), who had an assist on Houli's goal, tallied at 12:59 on the power play off passes from Riley Hicks (Calgary, Alberta) and Daniel Maturi (North Kingstown, R.I.).
The Mules (15-9-1) got a power play goal of their own at 4:53 of the second period when defensemen Joe Rothwell (Unionville, Ontario) tallied on a blast from the point. Arthur Fritch (South Boston, Mass.) and Josh Reber (Edina, Minn.) had assists on the play.
Colby goalie Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) made 28 saves.
Trinity 2, Colby 1
Trinity: Adam Houli (Christopher Diozzi), 3:35
Trinity (PP): Christopher Diozzi (Riley Hicks, Daniel Maturi), 12:59
Colby (PP): Joe Rothwell (Arthur Fritch, Josh Reber), 4:53
Shots: Trinity 28, Colby 37. Goalies: Wes Vesprini (Trinity, 60:00, 1 GA, 36 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 59:20, 2 GA, 26 saves).