Facing NESCAC leader and ninth-ranked nationally Trinity on its home ice Fri., Feb. 21 to begin a regular-season-ending NESCAC series against the Bantams, Wesleyan held Trinity off the board for nearly 42 minutes thanks to the stellar goaltending of Dawson Sprigings '17 (#1, photo). But a breakaway goal at 1:57 of the third period proved to be the difference in the contest and Trinity added a last-minute empty-net goal to lock up the 2-0 victory and put itself in the driver's seat for the top spot and home-ice advantage throughout the upcoming NESCAC tournament. The Bantams have a four-point lead in the standings over Amherst with one game remaining while Amherst has a pair of contests left. A win by Wesleyan over Trinity Saturday and a pair of wins by Amherst at Middlebury Saturday and Williams Sunday would give the Lord Jeffs the top seed. Any other results gives Trinity the #1 seed. In the meantime, Wesleyan needs either a win over Trinity or a loss by Hamilton in its final two games at Williams and Middlebury to secure a playoff spot. The Wesleyan-Trinity game on Saturday is slated for a webcast.
Sprigings finished the contest with a career-high 46 saves, his third game this season with 40 or more stops. Trinity generated a 48-32 margin in total shots during the outing and hit the post four times. Wesleyan had several good scoring chances in the game as well but could not light the lamp in suffering its second shutout loss of the season. The Bantams' clinching goal came with :27 left with Springings on the bench in favor of a sixth skater.