PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Senior Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) made 32 saves and sophomore Kyle Schero (Westwood, Mass.) scored a key go-ahead marker to help propel the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to an eye-opening 4-1 road victory over No. 8 Salve Regina on Friday evening.
The Camels found themselves in an early hole when two players were penalized less than a minute into the contest, but the team was able to fight off the 5-on-3 situation to keep the match scoreless. The Seahawks, however, still drew first blood when Mitch Walinski opened the scoring 5:49 into the game.
Despite trailing 1-0 after the first period, Connecticut College stormed back and scored three times in the second frame to establish control. Freshman Brett Moccia (Lake Forest, Ill.) redirected the puck into the net for the first time as a collegian to tie the score at the 5:18 mark of the period, and Schero scored in transition just 21 seconds later to completely swing the momentum.
A bizarre play happened at the end of the frame, as an errant pass by the Seahawks found its way into an open net on a delayed penalty. Senior captain Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) was credited with the goal by rule for being the last Camel to touch the puck on a faceoff, and the visitors led 3-1 through 40 minutes of action. Senior Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) then added insurance in the third to produce the final outcome.
Rodericks picked up the victory for Connecticut College for stopping eight shots in the first period and 12 during each of the next two frames. Louis-Felix St. Jean turned away 31 shots for Salve Regina (10-3-1) in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (5-5) will look to win its third game in five days when it hosts Salem State tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.