NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior co-captain Keith Veronesi (South Glastonbury, Conn.) had a hat-trick to lead the Connecticut College men's hockey team to a 4-2 victory against Salem State University at Dayton Arena Sunday night.
Marc Roper (Moncton, New Brunswick) chipped in with a goal and an assist while Mike Sinsigali (Wilton, Conn.), Adam Patel (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Kevin Reich (Montvale, N.J.) all contributed two assists for the Camels (1-2).
Junior Mike Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) stopped 26 shots for the Camels, who scored on their first three power play chances in the triumph.
Junior forward Kyle Phelan (Barnstable, Mass.) registered a goal and an assist in the loss for the Vikings. Chad Goodwin (Whitinsville, Mass.) scored a second period marker and Khalid Devji (Vancouver, British Columbia) stopped 25 shots for Salem (2-2-1).
In the middle period, the Camels scored their third power play marker of the night when Sinsigali assisted Roper on his blast from the right point. But the Vikings got one back with 2:55 remaining in the frame when Phelan stuffed one in with his backhand.
Salem made things interesting when Goodwin got behind the Camel defense for a goal with 9:45 remaining in regulation. The visitors nearly scored the equalizer when Eric DeFelice (Chalfont, Pa.) broke free and fired a wrist shot from point blank range with 5:18 remaining in regulation but Petchonka was able to get his glove on it and the puck caromed behind the goal to the end board.
Later on in the third, the Vikings had a two-man advantage for 1:09 but the Camel defense stood tall with defenders Dawson Luke (Wellesley, Mass.), Reich and others blocking shots all night long.
With 12 seconds remaining, Veronesi added the empty-netter to complete the trifecta and close out the 4-2 victory.
"It feels good to get the win," Veronesi said after posting his first collegiate hat-trick. "The first weekend we did not get one power play goal so it was good to get on track with that tonight Middlebury and Williams will be huge games for us this week."
Connecticut College held a slim 29-to-28 advantage in shots but special teams were the story in this contest. The Camels were 3-for-5 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 in penalty killing situations.
Patel played a pivotal role in the team's power play and was pleased with the Camels' effort.
"Everyone has been working hard all week so it was great to come out and get a win tonight," Patel said.
The Vikings will visit Plymouth State for a 6:00 p.m. game Thursday. The Camels hit the road for the first time Friday, heading north to the Green Mountain State for a 7:00 p.m. NESCAC game at Middlebury.