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Connecticut College 3, #10 Bowdoin College 1 Stout Camel Defense Leads Camels Past Previously Undefeated Polar Bears

Connecticut College 3, #10 Bowdoin College 1 Stout Camel Defense Leads Camels Past Previously Undefeated Polar Bears

NEW LONDON, Conn.--JC Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) contributed one goal and one assist while line-mate Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) dished out three assists to lead the Connecticut College men's hockey team to a 3-1 victory against 10th ranked and previously unbeaten Bowdoin College in front of 300 fans at Dayton Arena Friday night.

The Camels improve their record to 2-5 with a 2-3 record in NESCAC play, while the Polar Bears suffer their first setback of the season, falling to 6-1-1 with a 3-1-1 mark in conference play.

Both goaltenders were impressive in this one. Junior Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) finished with 18 saves for the Camels while senior Max Fenkell (Meadowbrook, Pa.) made 20 stops for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin College opened the scoring at 7:29 of the opening period when Mitch Barrington (Cambridge, Ont.) potted his third goal of the season with a shot from the slot with Matt Rubinoff (Oakville, Ont.).

But the Camels answered just 1:30 later. DiPretoro delivered a pass out in front to Zach Shapiro (Toronto, Ont.), who tipped in the equalizer for the Camels.

Later on in the period with 4:25 remaining, DiPretoro was the facilitator on the power play. He delivered a lead pass to Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.). Birmingham made a nice fake to the near post and snuck one behind Fenkell to put the Camels on top for good.

But much of the night was about the play of the Camel defense in front of Conlin. All six defenders: Will Leedy (Farmers Branch, Texas), Greg Liautaud (Butler, N.J.), Shapiro, Mike Doyle (Merrimac, Mass.), Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Marc Roper (Moncton, New Brunswick) were clogging up passing lanes and keeping their sticks and bodies low to the ice to come up with some critical blocked shots.

Bowdoin emptied their goal late and had an opportunity when a scramble ensued out in front of their goal but Evans sacrificed his body to block a shot that helped the Camels clear the puck.

DiPretoro assisted Cangelosi for the empty netter with 56 seconds left and the Camels were able to hold on for the 3-1 victory.

Connecticut College held a 23-to-19 advantage in shots.

The Camels will host Colby College Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. game in New London. Bowdoin visits Tufts for a 4:00 p.m. game in Malden, Mass.