NHIAA Hockey: St. Thomas edges Trinity
St. Thomas Aquinas' Niall Foster scores against Trinity's goalie Curtis Wirbal, at Sullivan Arena in Manchester on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
"It was a wild game," said St. Thomas coach Andrew Leach. "It was a gutsy little win for us. It's good to get out of here with a win."
Foster assisted on each of Wiswell's goals.
"They connect pretty well with each other," Leach said. "They break out of the zone pretty good and they come at you with speed."
"Zane played phenomenally," said Trinity coach Mike Connell. "You've got to give him credit. Even I applauded a couple of times."
St. Thomas improved to 13-2-1 overall and Trinity fell to 10-5-0.
The Saints took charge early.
Wiswell finished off a two-on-one with Foster to open the scoring in the first period.
He scored again, with Foster picking up another assist, just 12 seconds into a St. Thomas power play at 8:55 of the period.
Carroll put senior Neil McCarthy in net to start the second and the Pioneers started to rally.
Mitch Myers got the first Trinity goal with a power play blast and after Wiswell scored his third of the game, again from Foster and also on the power play, Cam Brown scored for Trinity.
As part of the St. Thomas penalty, Wiswell was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and also a 10-minute misconduct that kept him out of the lineup much of the final period.
Drew Merrick scored 5:06 into the third period to cut the St. Thomas lead to 4-3.
The Pioneers got no closer.
Trinity came in off a 1-0 loss to Bishop Guertin on Wednesday and has lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
"It's all about the playoffs right now," Connell said. "You've got to win games, but the point is, it's how you're playing. If we got a couple of bounces and Zane didn't have his magic power or whatever it was today. ...''
St. Thomas is down to its final two games, both at home. The Saints play Bishop Brady on Tuesday and Exeter on Saturday.