Trinity Tops Polar Bears in Overtime

Keenan Murray scored his first collegiate goal and Bowdoin's first of the game.
Keenan Murray scored his first collegiate goal and Bowdoin's first of the game.

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Anthony Sabitsky scored midway through overtime to lift the Trinity men's ice hockey team to a 4-3 win over Bowdoin on Sunday afternoon. 

The Polar Bears fell in their first overtime game of the season and enter the final weekend of NESCAC play at 8-14-0 (5-11-0 NESCAC). The nationally ranked Bantams climb to 16-4-2 (13-2-1 NESCAC). 

Game Highlights

  • The Bantams spent nearly half of the first period playing down a skater as the referees pegged Trinity with four penalties. On their first power play, Bradley Ingersoll and Thomas Dunleavy both teed up shots that cycled through Daniel McMullan. Neither player could best Alex Morin.
  • Bowdoin got on the board 6:45 into the game as Pat Geary found Keenan Murray from behind the goal line. Murray set up at the top of the right circle and fired a shot past Morin for the 1-0 lead.
  • Trinity threatened at the end of a Bowdoin shift change and Eric Benshadle skated alone down the slot, nearly putting the puck past Peter Cronin's right pad. Cronin trapped the puck to deny Benshadle.
  • Griffyn Martin finally answered with 4:12 to play in the period, tying the game for Trinity. Dylan Healey fed Martin from the left side of Bowdoin's zone to just inside the blue line for a one-timer that went five-hole.
  • With a nearly two minute five-on-three power play, the Bantams quickly took the lead 20 seconds into the advantage. Barclay Gammill and Tyler Whitney traded the puck back and forth before Whitney finally put away a one-timer from the inside edge of the right circle.
  • The Bantams extended their lead after a successful two-on-one breakaway into the Bowdoin zone one minute into the third. Benshadle carried into Polar Bear territory with Ryan Pfeffer to his left. Benshadle drew the Bowdoin defender, waited until he slid to the ice, and centered the puck to Pfeffer in the slot for a clean put away.
  • Bowdoin closed the gap as Pat Geary roofed the puck on Morin 5:47 into the period. Ingersoll found Geary in stride coming towards the right post, with Geary wristing his shot top shelf.
  • Spencer Antunez tied the game for Bowdoin on a power play goal at 9:32. Murray pulled the puck off the left boards and slid a pass towards Antunez in traffic. Antunez backhanded a shot to the far post to knot the game at 3-3.
  • Trinity earned a power play late in the third, looking for the lead. Gammill nearly put the puck away with a quick shot from just outside the crease, but Cronin turned the bid aside as he slid across the ice.
  • Anthony Sabitsky ended the game 2:29 into overtime, taking the puck down the left boards and crossing in front of the crease, putting the puck away at the far post.

By the Numbers

  • Cronin ended the day with 29 stops for the Polar Bears.
  • Morin made 20 saves for Trinity.
  • Bowdoin went 1-for-8 on the power play.
  • Trinity went 1-for-5 with the extra skater.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears head to Tufts on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Trinity hosts Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m. on February 16.