Connecticut College 3, Tufts University 1 Sinsigalli Puts Camels on Top for Good with PP Goal in 2nd Period

Connecticut College 3, Tufts University 1 Sinsigalli Puts Camels on Top for Good with PP Goal in 2nd Period

MALDEN, Mass. -(Paul Sweeney, Tufts University) The Connecticut College Camels picked up two important points in the NESCAC hockey standings with a 3-1 victory at Tufts in conference play Friday night at Valley Forum. Senior goalie Mike Petchonka made 33 saves for the victory.

Tied for seventh in the league entering the game, the Camels helped their chances of earning one of the eight spots in the upcoming conference championship tournament with the win. They improved to 6-12-1 overall and 5-8 in NESCAC with their third win in the last four games.

Tufts, which had an early 1-0 lead, dropped to 3-16 overall and 1-12 in NESCAC.

The host Jumbos scored 36 seconds into a power-play to take the 1-0 lead at 13:41 of the first. Capping strong possession in the Camel end to start the man-advantage, senior leading scorer Kyle Gallegos jammed in a rebound for his eighth goal.

However, the visiting Camels were able to even the score in the last minute of the opening period on a goal by junior Adam Patel at 19:06.

Connecticut College would then capitalize on a five-minute major penalty against the Jumbos early in the second. Similar to the Tufts goal, senior co-captain Mike Sinsigalli scored on the power-play by depositing a rebound amidst heavy action in front at 3:04.

The Jumbos were able to kill the rest of the majory penalty. However, they were unable to take advantage of two power-play chances later in the period and the Camels held the 2-1 advantage into the second intermission. Petchonka stopped 12 shots in the frame for CC.

In a tightly contested third, Connecticut College scored the important next goal just one second after the end of a power-play. Freshman Greg Liautaud flipped his first collegiate goal past a screened Jenkins at 16:22.

The Jumbos would pull Jenkins with 1:50 remaining in the third to try to come from behind, but the Camels were able to keep them at bay for the win. Petchonka had nine stops while holding Tufts scoreless in the third.

Jenkins finished with 32 saves in the Jumbo net.

The teams play again tomorrow as they complete their home-and-home series in New London, Connecticut. The puck drops at 7 pm.