Trinity grinds out win over Central
Central's Tim Tetrault is sent flying by Trinity's Jack Collins during their Division I hockey clash at JFK Coliseum on Wednesday in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
"We're not, but right now we're finding ways to win," said Connell after the Pioneers, behind goals from Colby Fortin, Drew Merrick and Mitch Myers, defeated Manchester Central 3-2 in a Division I encounter Wednesday at JFK Coliseum.
It was a game of two halves. The Little Green controlled the tempo and momentum until the final 2:33 of the second period, when Trinity scored twice in a span of a minute and two seconds.Fortin, skating across the crease, gained a loose puck and flipped a backhander over Central goalie Ian Beliveau (20 saves) for the 1-1 tie.
Trinity freshman goalie Curtis Wirbal stood tall, turning back 24 shots including a point blank shot from Central's Jake Clark with 2.7 seconds left."We played well, battled to the end, but we lost the momentum and lead when they scored twice late in the second period," said Stone. "To that point in the game, I thought we played well. But they ended up scoring one more goal."
"We're not playing smart hockey right now," said Connell. "I liked how we rallied in the second period and how we were winning those battles along the board in the third period. Curtis was also aggressive and came up with some solid saves. But we're taking too many penalties and sooner or later they're going to catch up with us. You're not going to win many more close games taking seven penalties."