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Capozzi’s Golden Marker Lifts Men’s Ice Hockey to 3-2 Overtime Victory Over Wesleyan

Paul Capozzi

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) scored at the 2:59 mark of overtime to propel the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a 3-2 triumph over Wesleyan at Dayton Arena on Friday evening. The Camels have now won four straight games over the past seven days.

After a scoreless first period filled with several missed opportunities by both sides, the Camels finally broke through with a power play goal in the opening minutes of the second frame. Sophomore Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) took a pass across the ice from junior Jake Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) and fired a shot that dinged off the pipe before landing in the back of the net at the 6:22 mark of the second frame. Wesleyan, however, was able to net the equalizer when Spencer Fox slipped the puck past Camel netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) after Dylan Holze found him from behind the net. The clubs headed into intermission tied at 1-1.

Connecticut College was able to regain its one-goal lead at the 12:39 mark of the third period. Sophomore Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) started the play in front of the Camel bench by sending the puck down the ice to Moreau. The sophomore then slipped the puck to Capozzi and got it right back to fire past goalie Tim Sestak and put the hosts up by a 2-1 score.

Despite falling behind, Wesleyan capitalized on a golden opportunity late in the third period when a Camel was sent off the ice for a non-releasable boarding penalty which lasted five minutes. Ross was able to net the power play goal at 16:34 after the Cardinals were playing with a 5-on-4 advantage for more than two minutes, and the teams would eventually head to overtime.

Wesleyan (8-4-3, NESCAC 4-3-2) controlled the beginning of the extra session by peppering Rodericks with four shots overall and three on target, but the Camel sophomore was able to turn away each one to keep his team in the game. The hosts then got the goal they needed to earn the sudden victory when Petti collected a loose puck that made its way through the neutral zone and found Capozzi for his seventh marker and team-leading 12th point of the season with 2:01 on the clock.

Rodericks picked up the victory by making 31 saves for Connecticut College, which was outshot in each of the four frames by the Cardinals. Sestak of Wesleyan redirected 18 Camel attempts and suffered the loss.

Connecticut College (7-8-0, NESCAC 6-3-0), which ended the evening in a tie for second place with Williams, will put its four-game winning streak on the line when it hosts conference leader and No. 7-ranked Trinity tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.