Dec. 3, 2010

BOSTON, MA - Senior goaltender Wesley Vesprini (Lexington, MA) made 47 saves to earn the shutout in net and lead Trinity College past the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team, 2-0, this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the decision, the Bantams improve their record to 2-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the ECAC East, while the Beacons fall to 4-2-0 and 1-2-0.

At 12:49 of the first period, sophomore forward Sabastion Kimmel (Chico, CA) gave Trinity the 1-0 lead when he clubbed in the rebound after sophomore forward Zachary Lombardi (Locust Valley, NY) was denied on a breakaway opportunity that was started by sophomore forward Jordan So (Toronto, Ontario). The Bantams escaped the first period with a one-goal advantage despite being outshot 20-4 and having to kill off four penalties including a five minute major with just over four minutes to play in the frame.

The second period was much more balanced with the Beacons holding a slight 14-10 shot advantage. UMass Boston senior forward Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI) had a great opportunity to tie the contest late in the second period when he collected the puck alone on the hash marks and ripped a shot off the far post at the 16:10 mark. Trinity had several scoring chances late in the period as well on a pair of power plays, but could not capitalize.

In the third period, So sealed the game for the Bantams with a power play goal with 4:07 to play. He buried a loose puck in front of the net after senior defenseman Regnars Alksnis (Talsi, Latvia) and junior defenseman Jeffrey Menard (Burlington, MA) crashed the net and fired off a pair of shots. The teams had gone a combined 0-11 on the man-advantage until So's late tally.

Vesprini was a rock in net for Trinity, while his counterpart, senior goalie Thomas Speer (Wausau, WI), was solid too with 23 stops.

Both teams are back in action tomorrow as the Beacons host Wesleyan University at 3 p.m., while the Bantams visit Babson College at 4 p.m.