Trinity Men's Ice Hockey Enters 2017-18 Ranked Among Nation's Best Once Again
Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's ice hockey team, coached by Matt Greason (7th Season), was ranked No. 3 nationally in the D3Hockey.com National Poll and No. 4 in the United States College Hockey Online.com (USCHO) Pre-Season Poll, and are fourth and seventh, respectively, heading into this weekend's season-opening games against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rivals Tufts and and Connecticut College. Trinity, which hosts the Jumbos on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Camels the next day at 4 p.m., finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 21-7-3 overall record and won the NESCAC title back to Hartford for the fourth time and second year in a row.
Trinity powered through the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament with wins over Plattsburgh State, Endicott, and St. Norbert, before falling to Norwich in the finals by a score of 4-1. The Bantams, which won the Division III crown in 2014-15, when the current seniors were rookies, will look to tri-captains Anthony Sabitsky (Sicklerville, N.J.), Griffyn Martin (Southport, Conn.), and Connor Hegarty (Wakefield, Mass.) from that first-year class for leadership in its quest for another deep post-season run.
"We are extremely excited about our talent but we will enter this season with more unknowns than in the last few years," said Greason. "Everyone hs been working hard and playing well in pre-season at all positions and I am excited to see how it plays out. We expect to be in the hunt for the NESCAC title and the NCAA Tournament again."
The Bantams return 21 players from last year’s squad, which led the NESCAC in scoring with 3.97 goals per game, and welcome nine new faces. Sabitsky and fellow senior forward Tyler Whitney (Wakefield, Mass.) represent two of the most prolific scorers in the nation. Whitney paced Trinity offensively with 38 points on 13 goals and a team-high 25 assists, while Sabitsky tallied 18 goals and 16 helpers for 34 points, and both earned All-NESCAC First Team honors. Sophomore Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.) is also a top returning forward who looks to build on his 16-point rookie campaign.
There is intense competition among a deep mix of veterans and younger forwards in pre-season. Fiery junior Mark Knowlton (Colorado Springs, Colo.), sophomore Adam Anderson (Hugo, Minn.), who has worked his way back from an injury-plagued first season, and first-year Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) are centers along with Sabitsky, while senior Bradley Buvinow (Turnersville, N.J.), juniors Ross Mandigo (Stowe, Vt.), Ryan Pfeffer (Canton, Mass.), and Charlie Zuccarini (Shelton, Conn.), a double-digit scorer last fall, and sophomore Andy Chugg (Mesa, Ariz.) are among the top returnees on the wings.
On the blue line, Hegarty and Martin are skilled and seasoned veterans who anchor an experienced unit that also boasts sophomore and 2016 USCHO.com National All-Rookie defenseman Liam Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.). Martin and Feeney are offensive-minded with 32 points between them last winter. Junior Mike O'Brien (Cohasset, Mass.) gained valuable post-season experience down the stretch last season, and classmates Bryce Eviston (Vancouver, British Columbia) and Nick Johnson (Dallas, Texas) should be dependable. Sophomore Nick Fiorentino (Hartsdale, N.Y.), a transfer from Northeastern, and impressive first-year prospectsthat includes James Callahan (Gladstone, N.J.), Michael Grande (West Chester, Pa.), and Timothy Weinstein (Norwood, Mass.) are all ready to contribute.
Senior goalie Alex Morin (St.-Hubert, Quebec) is a premier talent, having posting a 1.72 GAA and a .935 save percentage as a Bantam including a 19-7-3 record and a .934 save percentage in 2016-17. He was a workhorse last season when he shattered the program record with 1,763 minutes and totaled over 700 saves. Sophomore netminder Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) is much-improved and freshman Sam Kany (Phoenix, Ariz.) has exciting potential, giving the Bantams more-than-capable options in reserve this time around.