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Connecticut College 3, Tufts University 2 Camels Sweep Two-Game Series with Jumbos

Connecticut College 3, Tufts University 2 Camels Sweep Two-Game Series with Jumbos

MALDEN. Mass. - (Tufts University Sports Information) Sophomore JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) scored with four minutes left in the third period to give the visiting Connecticut College Camels a 3-2 victory at Tufts in NESCAC men's hockey action Saturday afternoon at Valley Forum II. With the win, the Camels swept the weekend home-and-home series.

Playing 4-on-4 after matching penalties late in the third, Cangelosi scored off the rebound of a shot by junior Keith Veronesi (South Glastonbury, Conn.). The lead was the first of the game for the Camels, who improved to 7-10-3 overall and 3-8-3 in the league.

Tufts, which had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the game, dropped to 6-12-2 overall and 1-11-2 NESCAC. The Jumbos had dropped a 5-2 game at Connecticut College on Friday night.

Freshman Keith Campbell (Newark, Del.) scored on the first shot of the game for Tufts, beating Connecticut College freshman goalie Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) over his right shoulder at 2:45. The Camels' netminder would be solid for the rest of the afternoon, finishing with 41 saves.

Connecticut College evened the score at 1-1 when sophomore Mike Martinez (Orchard Park, N.Y.) poked one in from the crease at 6:02. The teams played a penalty-free first period and went to the locker rooms tied at 1-1.

Tufts again struck early in the second period, with freshman Aidan Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.) taking a feed from sophomore Shawn Power (Arlington, Mass.) and patiently waiting for an opening to score on a low slapper at 2:26. The Camels answered just 1:10 later though as freshman Stephen Brennan (Winchester, Mass.) converted a rebound to pull the visitors even at 2-2.

Into the third, Tufts took back-to-back penalties early and nearly lost the lead on a slap shot from the point by Camel junior Kevin Reich (Montvale, N.J.) that hit the post. Connecticut College would get the decisive goal with four minutes remaining as Cangelosi netted his fifth of the year.

The Jumbos pulled junior goalie Brian Phillips (Colleyville, Texas) for the final 1:16 and swarmed the Camels' end for that period of time, but could not produce the equalizer.

Tufts finished with a 43-35 advantage in shots, but did not have a power play in the game. Phillips had 32 saves in the Jumbo net.

Tufts is home again next weekend starting with a Friday night NESCAC tilt against Amherst beginning at 7 pm. Connecticut College also hosts a NESCAC weekend starting with Hamilton on Friday night at 7.