NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Steve Servideo (Medford, Mass.) scored a power play goal 42 seconds into overtime to lift the Connecticut College men's hockey team to a 2-1 victory against Wesleyan University in NESCAC men's hockey action played at Dayton Arena Sunday.
The Camels improved their record to 4-11-1 with a 3-7 record in the NESCAC while the Cardinals fell to 8-7-1 with an identical record of 3-7 in conference play.
Ryan Mowery (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) chipped in with a power-play goal for Connecticut College. Will Leedy (Farmers Branch, Texas) and Mike Sinsigalli (Redding, Conn.) both had two assists for the winning side.
Senior Mike Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) stopped 24 of 25 shots to close out the weekend with 59 saves in two league outings for the Camels.
"We needed to get some points today," Servideo said. "I'm really proud of the guys working together to get this big win. Our power play was working well for us today."
Sinsigalli was impressed with the team's poise. "We really played within ourselves. It was nice to bounce back and get the win today after last night," Sinsigalli said. "Mike Petchonka was phenomenal. He really stood on his head for us today."
Wesleyan University freshman forward Elliott Vorel (Boonton Township, N.J.) potted his team-leading 12th goal of the season for the Cardinals. Dawson Sprigings (Toronto, Ont.) finished with 32 saves in the setback.
The Camels were a perfect 2-for-2 on their power play and that proved to be the difference in the win.
Connecticut College was awarded a power play with 1:00 minute remaining in regulation. The visitors were able to skate off the time in regulation. But in the overtime, Leedy made a cross ice pass to Mike Sinsigalli. Sinsigalli unloaded with a shot from the left circle and Servideo tipped it in for the game-winner.
The visitors scored the equalizer just 1:28 into the middle period. The puck caught a deflection of a Connecticut College skater and was collected by Jaren Taenaka (Rosemead, Calif), who assisted Vorel for the Cardinal goal.
The Camels had a couple of great chances to take the lead. Mike Martinez (Orchard Park, N.Y.) created a scoring chance with a nice steal on his fore-check, but Sprigings was able to get a pad on his shot from point blank range with 6:04 remaining in the second.
Then with 3:36 remaining, Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) fired a wrist shot from the mid-slot area that was saved by Sprigings.
The Camels opened the scoring with a power play goal at 3:05 of the first period. Mowery slipped a wrist shot between the pads of Sprigings from the slot to provide the hosts with the early advantage. Sinsigalli assisted on the score.
Later on in the first, Jay Matthews (Marshfield, Mass.) made a nice bid to tie the game for Wesleyan with 10:32 remaining but his shot sailed over the cross bar.
With six minutes left in the frame, Servideo had a nice scoring bid from the slot for the Camels that was saved by Sprigings.
Petchonka was tested by James Kline (Pittsburgh, Pa.) with 3:50 left followed by Eric Casey (Sunbury, Pa.), who unloaded from the right point with 3:46 remaining but the senior net-minder was able to make both saves and the Camels carried the 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.
Connecticut College out-shot Wesleyan University 34-to-25 in the victory.
The Cardinals are back in action Saturday night when they visit the Empire State of New York for a 7:00 p.m. game against Hamilton College.
The Camels will visit Williams College Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. NESCAC tilt in Williamstown, Mass.