NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore goalie Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) racked up double-digit save totals in each period and three different players found the back of the net to help propel the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a thrilling 3-0 victory over No. 9 Hamilton on Saturday evening at Dayton Arena.
The first period remained scoreless throughout and relatively quiet. Hamilton held an 11-3 shot advantage and only one penalty was called between the two teams through 20 minutes of action.
Even though they were limited to attempting just three shots overall during the second period, the Camels made the most of their opportunities and went ahead at the 6:19 mark when junior Jake Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) redirected a puck fired in by classmate AJ Wallace (West Chester, Pa.) from the left point. Sophomore Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.), who sent a pass back to Wallace, was also credited with an assist on the play.
Hamilton (9-3-1, NESCAC 4-3-1), which had a 23-3 advantage in total shots attempted during the frame, had a golden opportunity to net the equalizer when two Camels were whistled off for penalties at 15:16 to create a 5-on-3 situation and a third player got sent to the box at 16:36.
Connecticut College (4-8-0, NESCAC 4-3), however, rose to the challenge and killed off two minutes of 5-on-3 hockey and another 1:20 while playing 5-on-4. Rodericks made six saves during the hot stretch, while freshman Kyle Moss (Sutton, Mass.) Bryan Ackil (Southboro, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) combined to block four Continental shots which kept the hosts ahead by a goal heading into the final frame.
Despite being outshot again in the third period, the opportunistic Camels doubled their lead when sophomore Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) finished a pass from Petti just 5:38 into the stanza. Senior Chris Jellison (Fitchburg, Mass.) then added an insurance marker on an empty net after Moss blocked another shot defensively, and the hosts survived to earn their fourth NESCAC win of the season.
Rodericks made 33 saves, which included redirecting 11 shots when his team was playing shorthanded, to pick up his second shutout of the season for Connecticut College. The defense in front of him also blocked 21 Continental shot attempts. Anthony Tirabassi of Hamilton suffered the loss by turning away just six shots.
Connecticut College returns to the ice to host Amherst tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.