Winthrop would be handed a minor penalty to open the second period following Dunbar’s dispute. Both teams saw nice opportunities in the second for scoring chances but were not able to capitalize.
For Triton, it came shortly after killing a period with nearly three minutes left as Jacob Wood surprised Winthrop coming straight from the Triton bench to intercept a pass and skate up for a breakaway. But Winthrop’s sophomore goalie Ray Feeley (22 saves) stoned Wood and forward Josh Brown’s rebound attempt.
On the other end, Winthrop again missed an opportunity to go up two when Alex Annzoni’s one-timer attempt sailed over the Triton net as the horn sounded to the end the second period.
However, Winthrop would add a little insurance in the third, as from the top of the left face-off circle, Steven Goddard blasted a slap-shot glove side for their second goal.
Triton was kept off the board until with 33 seconds left, Kyle Hillick put in the rebound from right in front of the net. Unfortunately for Triton, they did not have the time for another quality scoring opportunity as the clock expired on their season.
“Hopefully, this is a learning lesson for the young guys to see that you just can’t put the time in two weeks before the season, and then during the season,” Wile said following the game. “Overall, I love this group of seniors. They’re special to me, they’ve been here the three years I’ve been here. They’re important kids to me, and they gave me everything they had, I can’t question that.”
WINTHROP – Pat Todisco from Pierce Lamberton with 10:06 remaining
WINTHROP – Steven Goddard assisted by Chris Page and Pierce Lamberton 6:39 remaining
TRITON – Kyle Hillick assisted by Josh Brown and Zack D’Agostino :33 remaining
Triton’s Devon Shuman 17 saves
Winthrop’s Ray Feeley 22 saves