MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) made 37 saves and four players factored into two goals in leading the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a 4-1 victory over Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.
Shortly after the Cardinals killed off a Camel power play, junior Matt Creamer (Warwick, R.I.) opened the scoring by tipping in a shot at the 12:54 mark. Wesleyan's Spencer Fox nearly netted the equalizer before the end of the opening period, but his shot attempt in the waning minutes hit off the pipe.
In the second period, Wesleyan (1-1, NESCAC 1-1) had another golden opportunity to knot up the score when Stephen O'Connor was awarded a penalty shot at the 15:55 mark of the second. Rodericks, however, came up with a key save to keep the Camels ahead. Senior captain Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) then doubled the margin with 59 seconds left by winning the puck through a scramble to give the visitors a wave of momentum for the remainder of the contest.
Playing shorthanded in the third period and already leading 2-0, Connecticut College added an insurance tally at the 7:47 mark of the final frame when senior Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) finished a give-and-go with Petti. Junior Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) followed by potting a rebound off a shot attempt by freshman Lukas Uhler (Upland, Calif.) less than three minutes later, giving the Camels more than enough breathing room to win their first game of the young season.
Rodericks picked up the victory for Connecticut College by finishing with 37 saves and most notably making a combined 30 stops in the second and third periods alone while the team was being outshot by a 31-15 margin over the last 40 minutes. He ended the weekend with a .958 save percentage. Wesleyan's Tim Sestak redirected 24 shots in the loss.
Connecticut College (1-1, NESCAC 1-1) will next travel to face Albertus Magnus, a first-year program, on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.