NEW LONDON, Conn. --Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a pair of second period goals 2:36 seconds apart to lead the Connecticut College men's hockey team to a critical 5-2 NESCAC victory against Tufts University here at Dayton Arena Friday night.
The Camels (6-10-3, 2-8-3) move three points ahead of Tufts (6-11-2, 1-10-2) and remain two points ahead of Colby (4-13-2, 2-10-1) for the eighth and final spot in the NESCAC playoff picture as they head to Tufts for their showdown at the Malden Ice Palace tomorrow.
JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) and Kevin Reich (Montvale, N.J.) both contributed with a goal and two assists in the win. Junior captain Keith Veronesi (South Glastonbury, Conn.) dished out four assists in the triumph. Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) made 36 saves in goal.
Kyle Gallegos (Westminster, Colo.) scored his ninth goal of the season for the visitors. Luke Griffin (Arlington, Mass.) netted his second score of the year for Tufts. Junior net-minder Brian Phillips (Colleyville, Texas) made 31 saves in the setback.
Both goalies kept their teams in contention in the first period. Phillips made two stops on Veronesi while Conlin made a nice stop on Aidan Hartigan's (Arlington, Mass.) shot with 5:40 remaining for the Jumbos.
The Camels had the first power play of the game with 2:11 remaining in the first. But visitors nearly spoiled it when Brian Ouellette (Arlington, Mass.) and Tyler Voigt (Rochester, Minn.) broke free in a 2-on-1 situation but a high-stick was called and the game remained scoreless.
In the second period, the Camels scored three consecutive goals, two coming off of the stick of DiPretoro, who has eight markers in his nascent career. Veronesi assisted on both scores with the second helper coming on a nifty looking feed from the left dot to DiPretoro at the right post side of the goal. Later on with 13:12 remaining in the second, Dawson Luke (Wellesley, Mass.) unloaded from the point with a shot that found its way through traffic to put the Camels on top 3-0 with 11:08 remaining.
Tufts responded though, scoring the next two goals. Griffin put one in from his backhand with 7:25 remaining in the second to make it a 3-2 game.
But Reich added an important insurance goal with 9:11 remaining, with assists coming from Cangelosi and Veronesi to make it a 4-2 score. The Jumbos nearly got one back with 6:29 to go when junior David Carson (Avon Lake, Ohio) made a long pass through the neutral zone to Tim Mitropoulos (Winchester, Mass.), who went in alone on Conlin but the rookie net-minder was able to make the big-time save from point-blank range.
Cangelosi tacked on another insurance marker with 4:49 remaining and the Camels were able to hold on for the 5-2 win. All three stars of Friday night's game went to the hockey community that celebrated the Green Dot Program, a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention.
Connecticut College is currently the only institution in the state that has implemented the Green Dot program, in which students, faculty and staff are trained to help prevent power-based personal violence, including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
During the game, fans had the opportunity to purchase pucks for a "Chuck a Puck" fundraiser that will benefit the Green Dot program.
"We were really excited for the opportunity to represent the Green Dot
program this weekend during our games against Tufts," said junior defenseman Kevin Reich. "As a team, we fully support this bystander intervention program and have made a commitment towards making it a significant part of our team's culture. It's an honor to wear a third uniform dedicated to the Green Dot program, and we'd like to thank Coach Ward, Darcie Folsom, and Fran Shields for making it all possible. It will be a great weekend for our team, and for the Connecticut College community as a whole.
"I cannot thank the team enough for being such an amazing supporter of our program," said Darcie Folsom, Coordinator of Sexual Violence Education & Advocacy at Connecticut College. "When a couple of the players came to me last year to discuss their idea of sponsoring an event like this, we had no idea how successful it would be. It has become one of the Green Dot events that the students look forward to the most. That is what Green Dot is all about... creating a culture shift that is led by and for the students and I can't think of a better way than this."
Connecticut College's Green Dot program is part of the College's broader Think S.A.F.E. Project. Funded through a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, the Think S.A.F.E. Project addresses sexual assault, dating violence and stalking by integrating prevention and response training and education into the campus culture, building a community coalition and enhancing victim services.
"The Green Dot program is about changing the culture, so students feel empowered to do something when they see warning signs that a friend or fellow student may need help," said Folsom, "In the training, we talk about reactive and proactive approaches – and it is great to see the hockey team taking this proactive approach."
Head coach Jim Ward said he is very supportive of the program and proud of his team's effort in spreading the word about bystander intervention.
"We are excited once again to support and promote the Think SAFE project with the Green Dot Game here tonight," Ward said. "We now have 12 players who have taken the training course which better prepares them to give back to the Campus Community in a truly meaningful way. As a student driven initiative I am proud of our players who are participating in the program as it allows them grow as young men while helping others.!"