NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) set up three goals, but it wasn't enough, as the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team dropped its season opener to Wesleyan by a 5-4 score on Friday evening at Dayton Arena.
In a physical matchup which saw the teams combine for more than 40 minutes of penalties, Wesleyan took control by scoring the first two goals. Freshman Danny Sorabella scored his first career marker just 3:18 into the game, and Tyler Wyatt added what would be the first of four power play markers between the schools at the 13:45 mark to double the lead.
The Camels sliced the lead in half before the intermission, as Moreau collected the puck from behind the net off a wide shot by sophomore Brett Stirling (Aurora, Ontario) and found sophomore Greg Pezza (Greenville, R.I.) for the team's first goal of the year. But despite outshooting the Cardinals by a 10-4 margin, the hosts found themselves down by a goal heading into the first break.
Connecticut College continued to outshoot its opponent and was able to chip away at the deficit and eventually take its first lead. Sophomore Paul Capozzi tied the game in the waning minutes of the second when he redirected a shot taken by Colin Stevens (Concord, N.H.), and junior Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) put the Camels ahead on a breakaway when Moreau sent him the puck from the neutral zone in the opening minutes of the third.
Wesleyan, however, responded by scoring three more times the rest of the way. Pezza was able to tie the score for a third time at the 13:58 mark, but less than two minutes later, the Cardinals responded when Walker Harris beat a Camel defender to provide what would stand as the game-winning tally minutes later.
Tim Sestak picked up the victory between the pipes by recording 23 saves for Wesleyan, which was outshot by a 27-19 margin. Junior Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) made 14 stops in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (0-1, NESCAC 0-1) returns to action when it hosts No. 11 Trinity tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.