NEW LONDON, Conn.--Mike Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) collected 19 of his 36 saves in the first period and junior JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) had a hat-trick to lead the Connecticut College men's hockey team in a 4-0 blanking of Colby College at Dayton Arena Saturday night.
The Camels improved their record to 9-13-2 with an 8-9-1 record in the NESCAC. The visiting Mules slipped to 11-10-3 with an 8-9-1 record in conference action.
After starting the season at 0-7, the resilient Camels finished the season by posting a 5-1-1 record over their last seven contests. Both Connecticut College and Colby will be in action next Saturday in the first round of the 2014 NESCAC Men's Hockey Championship.
"Everyone did the little things necessary for us to win today," Petchonka said after recording the first shutout of his career on senior day. "But we're trying to keep ourselves level headed here. We really want to make a run in the NESCAC playoffs and that starts next Saturday."
Cangelosi, a semi-finalist for the prestigious Joe Concannon Award, was quick to credit his teammates for his success in a career year.
"I think the team was really fired up today," Cangelosi said. "We had a lot to play for ourselves and the seniors. I think we did that tonight. My line-mates are making me better. It was also very helpful having Keith Veronesi back."
The Camels were out-shot 19-to-11 in the opening frame. Tyler Lingel (S. Glens Falls, N.Y.) had two terrific scoring bids. His first shot came from the point with 16:25 remaining in the period. Later on with 3:59 remaining in the frame, Petchonka stopped Lingel on another scoring chance.
The Mules nearly scored with 1:58 left, when senior Ben Chwick (Purchase, N.Y.) made a nice move and fired a wrist shot on the cage but Petchonka was able to make the stop and the two teams were locked up in a scoreless tie after one.
In the middle period, the Camels were assessed with two-minor penalties. On the second Colby power play of the frame, Lingel had another nice shot that was saved by Petchonka with 6:57 remaining.
But with 2:18 remaining in the period, the Camels finally broke through. Keith Veronesi (South Glastonbury, Conn.) delivered a nice pass from behind the cage to Cangelosi, who netted the wrist shot from the slot to give the Camels the 1-0 advantage.
Then, in the third period of action, the Camels took control. Mike Sinsigalli (Redding, Conn.) netted a power play goal 2:35 into the period when he took a feed from Will Leedy (Farmers Branch, Texas) at the right circle for his 24th goal of the season. Adam Patel (Alpharetta, Ga.) also assisted on the score.
Veronesi was the facilitator on the third goal as he passed the puck ahead to Cangelosi, who flicked one in from his backhand with 15:58 remaining.
Junior Sam Parker (Cambridge, Mass.) stopped 22 shots for the Mules, keeping the visitors in contention with his 10 save effort in the opening period of action.
Zach Jones (Gibsonia, Pa.) excelled in penalty killing situations for the hosts, coming up with a couple of blocked shots for the Camels.
Cangelosi leads the Camels with 15 goals, 10 assists and 25 points. Petchonka trimmed his goals against average to 2.52 to go along with a .921 save percentage. He has surrendered one goal or less in six of his last eight starts.
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