Trinity-Pawling made the trip to the frigid confines of the Choate Rosemary Hall ice arena this afternoon and stole a point from the rolling Wild Boars as they skated away from New Haven with a 2-2 tie.
An exciting game from the get-go, the fans got their money’s worth with three periods of gritty hockey from both teams. The visiting Pride attracted a respectable crowd with many of the boys hailing from the area. Neither team was able to convert any of their chances in the first as both goalies refused to give. Fredrik Melander ’12 (Smedjebacken, Sweden) played well enough to win kicking out 37 of 39 shots including several barrages on two powerplays late in the game.
With the score deadlocked at zero, Choate broke the seal first on a rebound goal midway through the second period. Trinity-Pawling would rise to the challenge less than five minutes later as defenseman AJ James ’14 (Stamford, CT) joined the rush and said thank you very much to a rebound goal of his own with assists going to Andrew Zona ’13 (Wallingford, CT) and Charlie Zuccarini ’14 (Shelton, CT). James’s first goal in the Blue and Gold came at 16:07 into the period. With the score back to even, the teams headed into the locker rooms.
The third period of hockey was fast paced and wide open. With both goaltenders standing strong, it looked as though neither team might find the back of the net, however the Wild Boars could not be tamed as they banged home a second rebound goal 9:24 into the period. Trinity-Pawling fought valiantly, finally solving the Choate goaltender with 4:10 remaining as Cody Lefler ’13 (Bracebridge, ONT) cut loose a blistering slapshot from the point to even the score at two, his first in the Blue and Gold. Zuaccarini ’14 was credited with his second helper on the evening. Both teams were held scoreless in the bonus round, and the game ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
The Pride continue on their road trip this Saturday as they head East on 84 to face-off against Founder League foe Taft @ 3PM.