HARTFORD, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team was shut out by nationally-ranked Trinity College, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference tilt from the Koeppel Community Sports Center.
The Hawks fall to 6-5 overall while the Bantams, who were ranked 10th in the latest USCHO Division III National Poll, improve to 4-0-1 overall on the young season.
The Bantams came out of the game with a four-goal first period and never looked back. Cole Poliziani got the scoring rolling with 8:23 gone in the opening period before a power play tally 75 seconds later by Andy Chugg put the home team up 2-0. Barclay Gammill made it 3-0 with 7:23 left in the opening stanza with Eric Benshadle scoring with 51 seconds left in the first, chasing Saint Anselm starting goaltender Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.) from the game.
Freshman Michal Soustal (Unicov, Czech Republic) stopped all five shots he faced in the second period in which the Hawks outshot Trinity 10-5. Following a Saint Anselm power play with 9:10 left in the second, the Hawks put three shots on net but Bantams goalie Jonah Capriotti kept his shutout intact.
Trinity added three more tallies in the third beginning with an unassisted goal by Dylan Healey with 73 seconds elapsed. Lucas Michaud scored midway for a 6-0 lead with Chugg adding his second goal of the night with 36 seconds left to play in regulation.
Soustal finished with 15 saves in 40 minutes of action while Soucy had nine saves in the opening period. Capriotti denied all 15 shots he faced for the Bantams. The home team had a 31-15 shot advantage in the game, including a 13-0 mark in the final period. The Bantams went 1-for-6 on the power play with the Hawks failing on the man advantage on two attempts.
Saint Anselm returns to Sullivan Arena on Saturday, Dec. 1 for 4 p.m. tilt with the Huskies from the University of Southern Maine.